A lot of sugar harms the offspring
High sugar consumption during pregnancy could be associated with an increased risk of atopic and allergic diseases for the children. British scientists have now come to this conclusion.
The consumption of refined sugar fructose-containing corn syrup has increased significantly in the past decades. Over the same time frame, allergic diseases have increased in western countries.
Scientists from Queen Mary University in London investigated whether there is a causal relationship here. This is conceivable since the metabolism of fructose in the liver is associated with an inflammatory stimulus and the increased formation of uric acid could promote an allergic TH2 response of the immune system.
The research team evaluated data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), which has been accompanying a cohort of children since their mothers' pregnancy since the early 1990s. They evaluated the information from nutritional questionnaires that the mothers had filled in and correlated them with the rate of atopic diseases.
The children of the mothers with the highest sugar consumption were 38% more likely to develop atopy. Children with atopic asthma even contracted twice as often as children of mothers with the lowest sugar consumption.
However, the results still have to be confirmed in further studies. You can find the study here.