London: A new study by UK scientists suggests that girls who eat a lot of meat during childhood tend to start their periods earlier than others. As part of the research, scientists compared the diets of more than 3,000 12-year-old girls. They found high meat consumption at age three (over eight portions a week) and age seven (12 portions) was strongly linked with early periods. The researchers said a meat-rich diet might prepare the body for pregnancy, triggering an earlier puberty.
"A meat-rich diet could be seen as indicating suitable nutritional conditions for a successful pregnancy,” Rogers added. The study has been published in Public Health Nutrition. ANI
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