As a pregnant woman you’ll do everything in your power for your baby’s health and the food you’re consuming during pregnancy has the most important role in this.
A recent study made on newborns revealed that those whose mothers consumed most choline during the last three months of their pregnancy, performed much better in tests that measured IQ. Choline is a nutrient found in eggs, bacon, fish, chicken, milk, liver, legumes, nuts or broccoli. So, according to science, pregnant women should eat English fry-up for a higher IQ level to their babies.
The 26 participants of the study, were randomly split in two groups and one of the groups consumed twice choline than the other.
It’s known that choline is vital during pregnancy but, yet most of the women consume less than the recommended 450 milligrams a day.
Half the women received 480 mg/day of choline, slightly more than the recommended daily dose, and the other 930 mg.
After that, the researchers tested infant information processing speed and visuospatial memory at 4, 7, 10 and 13 months of age. They measured how long each infant took to look toward an image on the periphery of a computer screen. The test has a big correlation with IQ in childhood.
“In animal models using rodents, there is widespread agreement supplementing the maternal diet with additional amounts of this single nutrient has lifelong benefits on offspring cognitive function. Our study provides some evidence that a similar result is found in humans,”said Marie Caudill, professor of Cornell University, New York.
Dr Richard Canfield, a psychologist at the university’s Division of Nutritional Sciences, also said: “Part of that is due to current dietary trends and practices. There are a lot of choline rich foods that have a bad reputation these days.”
The study was published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.