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Revista chilena de nutrición

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ZEPEDA, Ana Patricia; LOPEZ, Antonio; LOPEZ, Patricia Josefina  and  GARCIA, Carmen Livier. Effects of physical activity on the consumption and selection of food in rats that were exposed to food restriction during pregnancy. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2020, vol.47, n.2, pp.224-230. ISSN 0717-7518.

Alterations during prenatal life have various effects on organisms. Maternal food restriction causes changes in feeding behavior such as hyperphagia and its exacerbation when exposed to a hyperlipidic diet. Experimental evidence indicates that even when there is a preference for high-fat foods, when rats do physical activity, this preference decreases or is eliminated.


to evaluate the effect of maternal dietary restriction on the consumption of a diet supplemented with pecan nuts and how physical activity influences this relationship. The experiment included 22 rats, 11 experimental and 11 controls. Of these, 6 performed physical activity and 5 remained sedentary in each group (males and females). The experiment lasted 114 days; the activity wheel was available on 42 days. The results showed that maternal food restriction did not modify eating behavior, however, when rats increased physical activity, experimental subjects increased their consumption of pecan nuts. The results are contradictory with respect to the literature, as they show an absence of hyperphagia and an increase in consumption along with an increase in physical activity.

Keywords : Feeding behavior; Fetal programming; High fat diet; Pecan nut; Rats.

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