HOUSTON — A child’s risk of asthma increased significantly with maternal fructose intake during pregnancy, data from a longitudinal cohort study showed.

The odds ratio for asthma in mid-childhood increased 22% for children whose mothers consumed large quantities of fructose during the second trimester of pregnancy. A similar asthma association existed for the child’s fructose consumption at 2 years of age.

The mother’s intake of sugar-sweetened beverages during pregnancy and children’s juice consumption at 2 years appeared to drive the association with asthma, Lakiea Wright, MD, of Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston reported here at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology meeting.

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