High Meat Diet Causes Girls To Enter Puberty Early

21 Jun

UK researchers have found that high-meat diets in childhood are linked with early puberty for girls.

The study, published in Public Health Nutrition, found that meat consumption of 8 portions per week by age 3, and 12 portions per week by age 7 was strongly linked with the early start of menstruation.

The 3,000 girls who were included in the study were 75% more likely to have begun their periods by the age of 12 if they were eating a high-meat diet when they were 7 years old.

While this study isn’t necessarily evidence to cut out meat completely from a child’s diet, as it is a good source of zinc and iron, I would suggest that parents limit the amount of meat their children consume.

It is also worth noting that girls who begin their periods at a young age have been shown to be at an increased risk of developing breast cancer in later life, likely due to the increased oestrogen presence.

If you are concerned about your child’s diet, and would like advice, contact me.

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