According to a new study in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, maternal intake of sugar and early childhood intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and fructose are associated with current asthma in mid-childhood, Health Day reports. The association is independent of obesity (adiposity).

Researchers found that increased odds of mid-childhood current asthma were associated with higher maternal pregnancy intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and total fructose.

There was a correlation between higher early childhood fructose intake with mid-childhood current asthma in models adjusted for maternal sugar-sweetened beverages and after also adjusting for mid-childhood body mass index z-score.