Washington: A study finds, eating nutrient-enriched diet during adolescence or childhood development may alter long-term behaviour and learning among ladies. The study also added that it can even "rescue" females from the negative effects of behaviour, resulting from a poor maternal diet during pregnancy.
The study appeared online in The FASEB Journal.
"So many effects during pregnancy have been touted as irreversible--perhaps not always so,: said Thoru Pederson.
In their study Reyes and colleagues used four groups of female mice- the first group was fed a control diet during pregnancy and lactation; the second group was fed a high-fat diet during pregnancy and lactation; the third was also fed a nutrient-enriched diet during early life; the fourth group included offspring from the mice fed a high-fat diet that were fed the nutrient-enriched diet during early life.
When all mice were adults, they were fed the same control diet for the remainder of their lives.
The researchers then used operant behaviour chambers (chambers in which a mouse must nose-poke into a hole to get a reward) to examine learning and motivation.
They found that the female offspring who were fed the nutrient-enriched diet during early life learned faster and were more motivated to obtain the sugar reward.
Furthermore, the nutrient supplementation also reversed some of the deficits observed due to high-fat feeding during pregnancy.