Low GI diet in pregnancy may reduce a child’s future risk of obesity and diabetes

A new Australian study has found that eating a low GI diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding may reduce a child’s risk of developing diabetes and obesity later in life.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide found that female offspring of mothers who were fed a low GI diet during pregnancy and lactation had better glucose tolerance and lower levels of abdominal fat (fat around the middle) compared to those fed a higher GI diet.

The study was conducted in animals but builds on previous research showing that a low GI diet during pregnancy can improve the health of a baby at birth.  The next phase of this research will be to see if eating a low GI diet in pregnancy can reduce the negative impact of maternal obesity and diabetes on the offspring.

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