The early origins of food preferences: targeting the critical windows of development.

@article{Gugusheff2015TheEO,
  title={The early origins of food preferences: targeting the critical windows of development.},
  author={Jessica Rose Gugusheff and Zhi Yi Ong and Beverly S Muhlhausler},
  journal={FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology},
  year={2015},
  volume={29 2},
  pages={
          365-73
        }
}
The nutritional environment to which an individual is exposed during the perinatal period plays a crucial role in determining his or her future metabolic health outcomes. Studies in rodent models have demonstrated that excess maternal intake of high-fat and/or high-sugar "junk foods" during pregnancy and lactation can alter the development of the central reward pathway, particularly the opioid and dopamine systems, and program an increased preference for junk foods in the offspring. More… CONTINUE READING
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