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Meat linked to early puberty in girls

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Girls who eat a lot of meat during childhood tend to start their periods earlier than those who do not, according to a recent study.

University of Brighton researchers studied the diets of more than 3,000 girls aged 12, and compared them with the diets of the girls when aged three, seven and 10. They found that those who ate more than 12 portions of meat a week at the aged of seven were 75 per cent more likely to have started their periods by age 12 than those who ate less than four portions.

A meat-rich diet might prepare the body for pregnancy, triggering an early puberty, the researchers said online in the journal Public Health Nutrition.

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