If you’re a Health Hero – or Health Hero in the making – you probably know all about the power of nutrition. As a firm believer that food is medicine, I know that making good food choices is one of the most powerful and natural ways to improve your health from the inside out. How you choose to nourish your body has a huge impact on your health.
Pregnant women need to be especially conscious of how they’re nourishing themselves, as their choices affect the wellbeing of their unborn children. But what about those cravings? Those strong cravings for sugary foods can’t be easy to ignore. But now more than ever, there is good reason for pregnant women to control their sugar intake.
Did you know that an expectant mother’s diet – and how much sugar she eats while pregnant – might affect her future child’s risk of developing allergies, allergic asthma and lung inflammation?
The higher the sugar intake, the greater the risk.
This is pretty serious stuff.
A new study links high sugar intake to a higher risk of your child developing an allergy.
A team of British researchers evaluated the sugar consumption of nearly 9,000 pregnant women. After comparing those who consumed the most free sugar with those who consumed the least, they found the following:
While this study was only observational, the researchers believe that a high-sugar diet during pregnancy activates an immune response, which may lead to allergic inflammation in a baby’s developing lungs. The women in this study with high-sugar intake consumed between 16 to 69 teaspoons daily, while the women with low-sugar intake consumed less than 7 teaspoons daily.
Worldwide allergy rates for kids have climbed between 40 and 50 percent over the last 50 years, so this is certainly an issue that deserves our attention.
What’s a Health Hero to do?
If you’re an expectant mother, my best recommendation is to make your nutrition a priority and prepare yourself to combat cravings and reach for the healthy stuff instead. Remember – planning ahead is key! Planning your meals and snacks in advance might be your greatest ally as you strive to improve your nutrition and reduce your child’s risk of health issues. Get started by taking a look at my favorite healthy recommendations!
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Good nutrition isn’t about deprivation. It’s about nourishing yourself with healthy, natural whole foods. It’s about balance and moderation. Food is more than just nourishment – it’s medicine. Whether you’re a mom-to-be protecting your child’s health or someone simply looking to live a healthier lifestyle, choose to make small, easy lifestyle shifts that can make drastic improvements in your life and reduce the risk to you and your child.
Make healthy living a part of every day.
The light in me honors the light in you. Namaste.
You can find this and other health articles by Dr. Partha Nandi, M.D., F.A.C.P., on his website, Ask Dr. Nandi.