Monday, May 02, 2011

Children may 'inherit' their mothers' diets

Deana Ferreri, Ph.D.

Recent studies suggest that a mother’s food habits during pregnancy have an impact on her child’s future food preferences.
More and more often, we are seeing reports from scientists that high-sugar and high-fat foods influence the reward pathways in the brain – in essence, these foods have addictive properties. Human brain imaging studies have confirmed that overeating and addictive eating behaviors are associated with abnormal brain activity in dopamine reward circuits, and this is similar to the activity characteristic of drug addiction.1-3
One recent study has taken this data a step further – they have shown that consumption of a high-sugar, high-fat diet (junk food diet) by pregnant rats actually affected the development of the reward system in the brains of their pups. Read more...

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