High Fat Moms = High Fat Babies

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A study by UGA researchers suggests that mothers who consume a diet high in trans fats double the likelihood that their infants will have high levels of body fat. The study found that infants whose mothers consumed more than 4.5 grams of trans fats per day while breastfeeding were twice as likely to have high percentages of body fat, or adiposity, than infants whose mothers consumed less than 4.5 grams per day of trans fats. The researchers investigated different fatty acids, but determined trans fats to be the most important contributor to excess body fat. Results from the study appear in the online edition of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.