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Mother’s intake of sugar-containing beverages during pregnancy and body composition of their children

08 / 08 / 17

This research analysed 3312 mother-child pairs in the Generation R prospective cohort study in the Netherlands. A food frequency questionnaire was used to determine energy-adjusted sugar-containing beverage (SCB) intake in the first trimester, including soft drinks, sports drink, energy drink, fruit juice and cordial. Anthropometric data on the children were collected repeatedly until 6 years of age, including fat mass (FMI) measure via DEXA scans. Median SCB intake was 1.9 servings/day and most coming from fruit juices at 1 serving a day. Results from linear mixed models found a higher intake of SCB during pregnancy was associated with higher child BMI

Jen V, Erler NS, Tielemans MJ et al. Mother’s intake of sugar-containing beverages during pregnancy and body composition of their children during childhood: the Generation R Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2017; 105 (4):834-841