Drinking diet beverages during pregnancy linked to child obesity, study suggests

Research as shown that expectant mothers with gestational who drank at least one diet soda or artificially sweetened drink daily during pregnancy were more likely to have children who struggled with weight gain and health issues, such as diabetes, later in life. Mothers who drank water instead of artificially sweetened beverages reduced this risk.

Key Takeaways:

  • To avoid extra calories, many pregnant women replace sugar-sweetened soft drinks and juices with beverages containing artificial sweeteners. C
  • It is not well understood why drinking artificially sweetened beverages compared to drinking water may increase obesity risk.
  • They also call for additional investigation on the effects of drinking artificially sweetened beverages among high-risk racial/ethnic groups.

“Childhood obesity is known to increase the risk for certain health problems later in life, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers.”