A new study has found that the pregnant woman's diet impacts fetal health significantly.
The study involving both lean and obese nonhuman primates revealed that offspring of mothers chronically consuming a high-fat diet exhibited an increased risk of developing NAFLD, or Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
Moreover, if mothers fed a high-fat diet were reverted to a low-fat diet during a subsequent pregnancy, the second offspring exhibited fewer signs of NAFLD.
The international team led by Kevin Grove and Jacob Friedman suggests that a developing fetus is highly susceptible to maternal consumption of excess fat, whether or not the mother is obese, and that a healthy maternal diet is most important for the obesity-related health of a developing fetus.
The study team included researchers from Oregon Health and Science University, Beaverton, and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora.