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Artificial sweeteners linked to overweight infants

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Drinking diet soda during pregnancy, could harm your child after they are born.

A new report published in the journal "Pediatrics" found that pregnant women who drink diet sodas daily may be more likely to have infants with weight issues.

Researchers believe the sweeteners disrupt the infants' metabolism.

They asked the women to fill out a food questionnaire during pregnancy, including questions on how often they drank artificially sweetened beverages, such as diet soda and tea or coffee with artificial sweetener added, and sugar-sweetened drinks, such as regular soda or coffee or tea with sugar or honey.

An analysis of the data showed that daily consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was associated with a two-fold increase in the risk of an infant being overweight at one year of age.

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