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Eating liquorice in pregnancy may affect a child's IQ and behavior
Date:10/6/2009

oural problems.

"Expectant mothers should avoid eating excessive amounts of liquorice", said Professor Katri Rikknen, from the University of Helsinki's Department of Psychology.

Of the children who took part in the study, 64 were exposed to high levels of glycyrrhizin in liquorice, 46 to moderate levels and 211 to low levels.

The research followed on from a study which showed that liquorice consumption was also linked to shorter pregnancies. Laboratory studies have also shown a link between the placenta not working to prevent stress hormones from passing through to the fetus, as well as a link to cardiac and metabolic disorders and behavioural problems in later life.


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