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Consumption of artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy is associated with a twofold higher risk of infant being overweight at 1 year
  1. Patrick Mullie,
  2. Peter Clarys
  1. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Patrick Mullie, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, Elsene, Brussel 1050, Belgium; patrick.mullie{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • The impact of nutrition on body weight should not be studied using single food items but instead dietary patterns and associated lifestyle behaviours.

  • Recommendations for a healthy lifestyle should not be limited to one food or beverage.


Artificially sweetened beverage (ASB) consumption is increasing among adults. The consequences of this consumption during pregnancy on the weight of children, however, had not been investigated. In a Canadian prospective study on 3033 mother–infant dyads, Azad et al assessed the relationship between ASB consumption during pregnancy and …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.