Emulsifiers during gestation: The risks of ultra-processed food revealed in mice

PLoS Biol. 2023 Aug 25;21(8):e3002265. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3002265. eCollection 2023 Aug.


Several dietary components disrupt the control of energy balance. A new study in PLOS Biology shows that, in mice, maternal consumption of emulsifiers induces a rewiring of the hypothalamic feeding circuits and causes neuropsychological impairment in the offspring.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Food, Processed*
  • Mice
  • Pregnancy

Grants and funding

This work was supported by the Belgian National Foundation for Research, Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, grant number J.0150.22 - CDR (ASP) and the University of Liège (FSR 2022) (ASP). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.