Sydney: Pregnant and breastfeeding women who love eating oodles of fatty and sugary foods are likely to have children who have the same cravings.The study, which used rats, says this happens because the high fat and high sugar diet leads to changes in the foetal brain`s reward pathway, altering food preferences. Not only does this offer an insight into the ever-increasing rate of human obesity, it may also explain why some people easily resist fatty and sugary foods, while others seem hopelessly addicted, the FASEB Journal reports. "These results will help us to better help women about diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding for giving their infants the best start in life," said Beverly Muhlhausler, study co-author from the University of Adelaide, Australia.Muhlhausler and colleagues studied two groups of rats, which during pregnancy and lactation were either fed standard "rat chow" or a junk food diet made up of a selection of common human foods high in fat and high in sugar.
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