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Eating Low-Fat Yogurt During Pregnancy Increases Risk Of Asthma, Hay Fever In Children

September 17, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
An as-yet unpublished study to be presented at a medical meeting in Europe has found an association between consuming low-fat yogurt during pregnancy and childhood asthma and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). The study’s purpose was to determine whether the fatty acids in milk and dairy products consumed during pregnancy protected children from developing allergic diseases. Data from patient registries and questionnaires were analyzed by the researchers. The results showed that drinking milk during pregnancy did not increase the risk of asthma and actually protected against asthma development. But women who ate low-fat yogurt with fruit once a day were 1.6-times more likely to have children who developed asthma by age seven.
Ekaterina Maslova, et al., "Low-Fat Yogurt Intake When Pregnant May Lead to Child Asthma and Hay Fever, Study Suggests", Press release, presentation at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress, September 17, 2011, © European Respiratory Society
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