Drinking coffee when pregnant can lead to childhood obesity

Researchers from Norwegian Institute of Public Health suggest that consumption of caffeine in pregnancy is associated with child weight gain

Studying the average caffeine intake in mid-pregnancy of over 50 000 mothers and their children in Norway the researchers found that children of women with an average intake (50 – 199 mg / day), a high intake (200 – 299 mg / day) or a very high intake (300 mg + / day) were more likely to experience excess growth. They further found that any intake of caffeine was associated with increased body mass index and higher risk of overweight at 3 and 5 years. A cup of Starbucks espresso, for example, contains 75mg of caffeine.

Read the research article here.

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