Wednesday 5 October 2022 11:34 PM Eating crisps in pregnancy can increase chances of children being overweight trends now
Eating crisps, biscuits and cakes during pregnancy can increase the chances of children being overweight, a study suggests.
Those born to mothers who overindulged in ultra-processed foods while expecting are more than a quarter more likely to be obese regardless of other lifestyle factors, scientists found.
Experts believe a poor maternal diet could alter genes involved in the regulation of growth, energy balance and insulin resistance in offspring.
They urged women of childbearing age to cut down on junk food and be helped to improve their nutritional intake for the sake of their future children.
Those born to mothers who overindulged in ultra-processed foods while expecting are more than a quarter more likely to be obese regardless of other lifestyle factors, scientists found
Ultra-processed foods are high in added fat, sugar and salt, low in protein and fibre and contain artificial colourings, sweeteners and preservatives.
The term covers food that contains ingredients that a person wouldn't add when cooking at home — such as chemicals, colourings and preservatives.
Ready meals, ice cream, sausages, deep-fried chicken and ketchup are some of the best-loved examples.
They are different to processed foods, which are processed to make them last longer or enhance their taste, such as cured meat, cheese and fresh bread.
Ultra-processed foods, such as sausages, cereals, biscuits and fizzy drinks, are formulations made mostly or entirely from substances derived from foods and additives.
They contain little or no unprocessed or minimally processed foods, such as fruit, vegetables, seeds and eggs.
The foods are usually packed with sugars, oils, fats and salt, as well as additives, such as preservatives, antioxidants and stabilisers.
Ultra-processed foods are often presented as ready-to-consume, taste good and are cheap.
Source: Open Food Facts