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Growth and Development

From the time of conception to adult life, the body has the highest demands for genetically appropriate nutrition, in particular protein and essential fatty acids. Starches displace these nutrients and are empty of important micronutrients. Pregnant and nursing animals are in high nutrient need; deficiencies in protein can result not only in developmental problems, but also long term epigenetic effects such as susceptibility to degenerative diseases and immune compromise.

• “…maternal undernutrition may programme the renal nephron number and hence impact…blood pressure and the development of renal disease.” Langley-Evans, S., et al. Fetal exposure to a maternal low protein diet impairs nephrogenesis and promotes hypertension in the rat. Life Sciences, 64 (11), 965-974, 1999.
• “…[offspring] exposed to a prenatal low protein diet had significantly high systolic blood pressure at 4 weeks of age and tended to be smaller than control animals in postnatal life…” Sayer, A. A., et al. Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Low Protein Diet Shortens Life Span in Rats. Gerontology, 47, 9-14, 2001.
• “…cerebral cortex of offspring exposed to a LP isocaloric diet during fetal development showed reduced vascularization which remained throughout life.” Bennis-Taleb, N., et al. A Low-Protein Isocaloric Diet During Gestation Affects Brain Development and Alters Permanently Cerebral Cortex Blood Vessels in Rat Offspring. Journal of Nutrition, 129, 1613-1619, 1999.

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