Study Finds Pregnant Women Who Drink 3 Cups Of Tea A Day Raise The Risk Of Having Overweight Children
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Study Finds Pregnant Women Who Drink 3 Cups Of Tea A Day Raise The Risk Of Having Overweight Children

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Vallari Sharma
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Study Finds Pregnant Women Who Drink 3 Cups Of Tea A Day Raise The Risk Of Having Overweight Children

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The study of more than 50,000 mothers was carried out by researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The researchers tracked the weight of children born to these mothers up to the age of eight.

Pregnant women who drink more than 3 cups of tea a day are more likely to have overweight children, says a new study.

The study of more than 50,000 mothers was carried out by researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The researchers tracked the weight of children born to these mothers up to the age of eight.

“High maternal caffeine intake during pregnancy was related to excess growth from infancy and obesity later in childhood,” said Dr Eleni Papadopoulou, lead author of the study.

They found that the number of children who were overweight was 5 per cent greater in the group whose mothers had the highest caffeine consumption, compared to those whose mothers had the lowest caffeine consumption.

“Caffeine is a substance that you can choose to reduce consumption of, or completely refrain from during pregnancy,” said Verena Sengpiel, associate professor in obstetrics and gynaecology at Sahlgrenska Academy.

Study Finds Pregnant Women Who Drink 3 Cups Of Tea A Day Raise The Risk Of Having Overweight Children-1

Currently, the National Health Service (NHS) advises pregnant women to limit daily caffeine consumption to 200mg, which is the equivalent of 3 cups of tea or 2 cups of coffee.

“In the Nordic countries, coffee is the primary source, while, women in, for example, England receive the greatest amount of caffeine from black tea. If you look at mothers in the younger age group, it comes from energy drinks,” remarked Spingel.

“We included different sources in the study and found a similar association between caffeine consumption from these different sources and children’s growth,” he added.

The study conducted by researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health was one of the world’s largest health surveys of pregnant women.

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