Feeding infants high protein diets between when they are weaned and into early adulthood may set them up for a lifetime battle with obesity and Type 2 diabetes, according to a study being released today from the University of Calgary.
Researchers weaned 60 rat pups onto one of three diets: a high-protein diet, a high-fibre diet or a balanced diet that served as the control. When the pups reached four months of age (considered young adulthood), they were fed a high-fat, high-sugar diet for four weeks.
Rats from the high protein diet group fared poorly; those on the high-fibre diets emerged as the winners.
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