is already common knowledge that pregnant women should not
drink alcohol while pregnant, new research suggests that
drinking soda or pop could also cause health problems for the
child later in life.
study conducted through Harvard Medical School found that
expectant mothers who drink an average of two sugary drinks a
day are 63 percent more likely to have kids diagnosed with
asthma when they are 7 to 9 years old.
we’re understanding that the processes that put a kid on a
trajectory for obesity and asthma start in pregnancy,"
Rosalind Wright with Icahn School of Medicine told Medline
Plus. "This may give us some clues to how early life
programming of asthma starts in utero, and how we might
intervene more directly to give children a healthy
researchers said the correlation may be due to fructose’s
potentially inflammatory effect on the child’s lungs.
the research team also looked at the effects of fruit juice
because it contains naturally occurring fructose.
don’t see evidence for the same strength of adverse effects
from fruit juice," Harvard nutrition professor Emily Oken
told Medline Plus. "That may be perhaps because fruit
juice also contains vitamins and other anti-inflammatory
study, the team analyzed data from 1,068 mother-child pairs.
The women were asked about the quantity of beverages they
consumed daily, including sugar-sweetened drinks and fruit
mid-childhood, one out of five kids born from moms who drank
sugary beverages had developed asthma.
researchers also note that they cannot prove sugary drinks
cause asthma, but rather that there is a correlation between
study was published online on Dec. 8 in the Annals of the
American Thoracic Society.