Perinatal diet and offspring anxiety: A scoping review


Health behaviors during pregnancy have an impact on the developing offspring. Dietary factors play a role in the development of mental illness: however, less is known about the impact of diet factors during pre-conception, gestation, and lactation on anxiety levels in offspring. This scoping review sought to systematically map the available research involving human and animal subjects to identify nutritional interventions which may have a harmful or protective effect, as well as identify gaps. Studies investigating an association between any perinatal diet pattern or diet constituent and offspring anxiety were included. The number of studies reporting an association with increased or decreased levels of anxiety were counted and presented in figures. A total of 55,914 results were identified as part of a larger scoping review, and 120 articles met the criteria for inclusion. A greater intake of phytochemicals and vitamins were associated with decreased offspring anxiety whereas maternal caloric restriction, protein restriction, reduced omega-3 consumption, and exposure to a high fat diet were associated with higher levels of offspring anxiety. Results were limited by a very large proportion of animal studies. High quality intervention studies involving human subjects are warranted to elucidate the precise dietary factors or constituents that modulate the risk of anxiety in offspring.

DOI Link: https://doi.org/10.1515/tnsci-2022-0242


Title of abstract:
Perinatal diet and offspring anxiety: A scoping review

Sasha Monteiro, Yousef Sadat Nejad and Monique Aucoin


Translational Neuroscience


Monteiro, S., Nejad, Y. & Aucoin, M. (2022). Perinatal diet and offspring anxiety: A scoping review. Translational Neuroscience, 13(1), 275-290. https://doi.org/10.1515/tnsci-2022-0242