The association between pregnancy diet and child development

Authors from Spain studied how ultra-processed food (UPF) consumption during pregnancy may adversely affect child development. According to a research group of 2442 participants, sweet drinks and fruit juice were the most common UPF (40%) for consumption during pregnancy, followed by processed meat (14%). Authors suggest that such ingredients as salt, sugar, acrylamide and saturated fatty acids, may adversely impact the function of the brain. It was found that child ability to understand and process verbal stimuli may be at risk due to exposure to higher levels of such products consumption during pregnancy. Mentioned health issues can additionally adversely affect the general health of the infant in the long-term, including the cognitive development.