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Sugar intake in pregnancy is linked to child’s allergy and allergic asthma

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 06 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3293
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Pregnant women who consume high levels of free sugars during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with allergy or allergic asthma, a study published in the European Respiratory Journal suggests.1

The researchers used data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), which looks at the offspring of predominantly white women living in Avon, UK, who were due to give birth from 1 April 1991 to 31 December 1992.

They analysed associations between maternal intake of free sugar (sugar that is added to foods or naturally present in honey, syrups, and fruit juice) during pregnancy and asthma diagnoses, wheezing, hay fever, eczema, atopy, serum total IgE, and lung …

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