During pregnancy, it is often said that a mother should always eat healthy nutritious foods as the contents of what she eats goes to the infant also. For the nine months that the baby is inside the womb of the mother, its dependency is totally on the contents that the mother intakes.
But a new Australian study has gone a step further in stating that the food that a mother eats during pregnancy is then transferred to the babies. This means that if she eats junk food then the babies would also have a sweet tooth for that. They came to this conclusion after they found those pregnant rats that were fed a diet of junk food produced offspring with a taste for sweet and salty treats.
According to the researchers this same implications can be found in humans also. What is more profound is the fact that even if the baby rats were fed healthy food, they tend to seek out junk food.
The lead researchers of the study, Zhi Yi Ong, at the University of South Australia, said that if a mother has everything in moderation, not too much junk food, and maintains a healthy diet, that will dictate what her offspring prefers later on.
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