Doctors Health Press Weighs in on Study Showing Sugary Drinks Tied to High Infant Weight

Doctors Health PressDoctors Health Press (, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and the publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is weighing in on a study showing that sugary beverages are tied to higher weight in infants.

In a study recently published by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers sought out and found a connection between the consumption of artificially sweetened beverages by mothers during pregnancy and an increased body mass index (BMI). Researchers had previously found a positive association in animal testing, but nothing was confirmed in human trials; in fact, this study claims to be the first of its kind using human volunteers rather than animals. (Source: Azad, M.B. et al, “Association Between Artificially Sweetened Beverage Consumption During Pregnancy and Infant BMI,” Journal of American Medical Association, May 9, 2016;

“Artificial sweetening of beverages is fairly commonplace,” says Adrian Newman, publisher of Doctors Health Press. “It’s known that consuming sweetened beverages at a high rate, both for men and women, can impact health dramatically. The results of this study, however, focused on women who are pregnant to determine if the outcome would be any different.”

Researchers studied more than 3,000 pregnant women between 2009 and 2012. Their diets were assessed during pregnancy and their children were analyzed at age one to determine BMI. Complete data analysis was completed August of last year and showed that infants had twice the risk of increased BMI if their mothers regularly consumed artificially sweetened beverages.

“Doctors Health Press has previously reported on the best dietary and lifestyle options for pregnant women,” Newman concludes. “Now it is hoped that this study raises more awareness about consuming healthy foods and beverages during pregnancy.” (Source: Marji, B., “Overeating During Pregnancy Not Necessary for Women, Study,” Doctors Health Press, July 30, 2015;

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