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01-29-2004, 02:27 AM
Of course, (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3439015.stm) this will be used against vegan parents since the US government obviously buys into the myth that vegan diet=protein difficiency.

Mother's poor diet may harm baby

Mothers with a poor diet before giving birth could be directly shortening their child's life.

Research using mice found that animals born to females fed on low-protein diets died months before their peers.

That equates to years off the human lifespan - and the effect was even worse if the child itself "caught up" using a high fat and high sugar diet.

The research, published in Nature, was carried out by scientists at the University of Cambridge.

The precise effects of maternal diet on human health are hard to measure, and it is not clear whether the mouse is an accurate guide to what happens in humans.

However, the Cambridge research shows that, in this animal at least, minor manipulations in the mother's diet appear to have a profound impact on the future health of the child.


The mice in their experiment were fed a low-protein diet during pregnancy.

Some continued with this inadequate diet after giving birth, while suckling their pups.

At 21 days of age, the pups were weaned either onto normal healthy diets or so-called "cafeteria" cuisine, high in fat and sugar.

Normally nourished controls lived for approximately 765 days - 715 if they were fed on "cafeteria" food after weaning.

Those whose mothers were given a diet with less than half the required level of protein, but were suckled on nutritious milk and fed normally afterwards, lived for only 568 days.

The introduction of high fat and sugar diets at weaning reduced this yet further to 517 days.


Oddly, normally-nourished foetuses who were given less nutritious milk after birth actually lived longer, even if fatty food was introduced at weaning.

Dr Susan Ozanne, who led the research, said: "Our research demonstrates that, in mice at least, minor manipulations of maternal diet can have a significant impact on offspring lifespan.

"At the two extremes tested here, dietary changes increased the difference in lifespan by more than 50%.

"In humans, this could equate to the difference between reaching 50 and living to be 75 years old."

Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation, which funded the research, said: "Although the importance of a balanced diet is clear, further research is needed to understand the effects of nutrition on human development."

01-29-2004, 11:43 AM
I wish that they would define "poor diet" more clearly. I know plenty of people with the SAD diet who eat poorly, but would not be considered as such. I, on the other hand, am vegan and was during the pregnancy of my daughter, and I would probably be considered "poor diet" material just because of veganism.


btw my daughter is very healthy and advanced for her age.....

02-06-2004, 08:39 PM
So maybe we shouldn't feed pregnant mice a low-protein diet.

02-07-2004, 02:32 AM
Originally posted by Emiloid
So maybe we shouldn't feed pregnant mice a low-protein diet. Hahahaha! :laugh: