Pregnant moms beware. It is once again proven by Duke University Medical Center investigators that what you eat during your pregnancy does and can have a dramatic effect on the child you’re carrying.
Smoking, substance abuse and drinking are the most well-known substances that have a direct effect on an infant’s health even if it’s not yet born. The most recent studies however, show that even the common foods we eat or the chemicals we are exposed to in our daily environment can have a lasting and profound effect on the unborn babies.
The researchers found that when the mouse mothers received BPA, a statistically significant increase in the number of their offspring were born with a yellow coat. Previous studies with these mice have shown that yellow agouti mice are at a much greater risk for diabetes, obesity and cancer.
“The fact that the mice fed BPA had a yellow coat and likely would grow to be obese as adults demonstrates that this single substance had a system-wide effect,” said Dana Dolinoy, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Randy Jirtle, Ph.D., senior member of the research team. “A comparison between the large yellow mice and the normal brown mice showed identical genetic makeup, yet strikingly different appearances.
“Just as importantly, when pregnant mothers were also given folic acid or genistein, the epigenetic influence of BPA was counteracted,” she added.
BPA is a synthetic estrogen first synthesized in the 1890s and is used in the manufacturing process from such everyday products as plastic water bottles, food containers and baby bottles. While laboratory studies have uncovered possible health concerns in animals, there has been considerable debate in the United States and Europe about what levels are considered safe for human consumption. Attempts have been made in Canada, California, Maryland and Minnesota to ban its use.
All of this protection thanks to Genistein, which is an active ingredient in soy. This also explains why Asians have much lower rates of obesity and certain cancers it’s because their diet typically includes greater use of soy products than Western diets. Good tofu!
Of course the soy-based products you will consume must come from natural or organically grown soy, though they may be harder to find the grocery stores, Google can show you where to get some if you’re having a hard time doing so in your local area.
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