Fish oil does not control excessive weight gain in infants
Taking Omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy does not prevent expansive adipose tissue development and growth of fat mass in offspring as believed, a new study has revealed.
Previously, researchers assumed that consumption of `bad` fats during pregnancy contribute to excessive infant adipose tissue growth and that `good` Omega 3 fatty acids prevent expansive adipose tissue development.
But, the intervention study run by the Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) has found no evidence to support this `perinatal programming` theory.
Professor Hauner, Head of the Else Kroner-Fresenius Centre for Nutritional Medicine at TUM and his colleagues, explored how the composition of fatty acids in the mother`s diet during pregnancy and lactation affected the offspring in their INFAT study.
The research focused in particular on the ratio between Omega 6 fatty acids – present in meats, cold cuts and sausages – and Omega 3 fatty acids – concentrated in oily saltwater fish in particular.
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