Are you good at sports? You might have your mom to thank for that. A new study, which appears in the Journal of Nutrition, shows that teens who were breast-fed as babies have stronger leg muscles than those who were fed artificial milk.
Researchers at the The University of Granada in Spain asked a group of 2,567 teens to perform various physical tests to measure aerobic and muscle strength. They found that those who were breast-fed as infants had stronger leg muscles, despite variances in height, fat mass and other physical factors.
Those who were breast-fed longer also showed greater muscle strength than those who stopped earlier. Teens who were breast-fed for at least three months had half the failure rate of those who were fed artificial milk as babies.
"Until now, no studies have examined the association between breastfeeding and future muscular aptitude," said Enrique Garcia Artero, lead author of the study. "However, our results concur with the observations made as regards other neonatal factors, such as weight at birth, are positively related to better muscular condition during adolescence."
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