Artificially sweetened drinks in pregnancy may increase obesity risk in kids.  NIH researchers found that children whose mothers had gestational diabetes and drank one or more artificially sweetened beverages daily during pregnancy were twice as likely to be overweight or obese at age 7, compared with those whose mothers had gestational diabetes but drank water when they were pregnant. The findings in the International Journal of Epidemiology also showed that maternal artificially sweetened drink intake during pregnancy didn’t reduce childhood obesity risk compared with sugar-sweetened drink consumption.

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