(WWSB) – A new study found that pregnant women who eat large amounts of sugar have a higher chance of having a child with allergies.
A study published by the European Respiratory Journal made the discovery that pregnant woman who have a strong sweet tooth may have a child with a higher risk of allergies or allergic asthma.
9,000 women participated in the study and those who ate high levels of sugar during pregnancy were about twice as likely as those mother that ate little sugar.
According to the World Health Organization, 235 million people have asthma, and it's a common disease among children. That number is expected to increase to 400 million by 2025.
Allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma, and involves allergens provoking the immune system into causing breathing problems.
"The dramatic 'epidemic' of asthma and allergies in the West in the last 50 years is still largely unexplained -- one potential culprit is a change in diet," said Annabelle Bedard, lead author and a postdoctoral fellow at Queen Mary's Centre for Primary Care and Public Health Blizard Institute.
"Intake of free sugar and high fructose corn syrup has increased substantially over this period."
However, researchers say many factors influence a baby’s allergy risk. says Sheena Cruickshank, at the University of Manchester, UK. “Future studies should take these variables into account so we can understand the full relationship between maternal diet during pregnancy and allergic disease in offspring.”