New research suggests infants who are fed formula as opposed to breast milk experience metabolic stress.
This stress could be the missing link that explains the long-recognized correlation between formula-feeding and an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and other conditions in adult life.
The study appears in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research.
Past scientific research has always shown a link between feeding infants formula and a high risk for chronic diseases in adulthood. However, this new study attempts to explain why.
“Our findings support the contention that infant feeding practice profoundly influences metabolism in developing infants and may be the link between early feeding and the development of metabolic disease later in life,” the study states.
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