Expecting Mothers May Need More Meat in Their Diet

October 4, 2017


A new report links not eating enough meat during pregnancy to a high risk your child will have a drinking or drug problem.  The study for 15-year olds were almost twice as likely to indulge in underage drinking and smoking nearly three times as likely to be smoke weed if their mothers who did not eat meat while expecting.  The study followed more than 5,000 women and discovered a link between less frequent consumption of meat during pregnancy and more alcohol, marijuana and cigarette use among their teenage offspring. It appears a deficiency in vitamin B12, which is found in meat, fish, poultry, eggs and milk products is at teh root of these results.  The study found higher risks for alcohol and drug abuse in children of mothers who were on more of a vegetarian dietary pattern during pregnancy. Vitamin B12 is essential for the body to metabolize folic acid, a nutrient vital for the development of a healthy fetus. Although a vegetarian diet is associated with improved health among adults, researchers suggest expecting mothers should make sure they are getting enough vitamin B12 either in supplements or soy based meat substitutes which are fortified with the essential vitamin when pregnant.


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