September 19, 2011

Can eating well while pregnant make your baby smarter?

Mothers who wish to boost their babies' IQ often speak or sing to them while in utero or put them in front of Baby Einstein videos. But what if you could optimize IQ simply by serving them a healthful diet?

A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests just that. Using questionnaires given to mothers, British researchers investigated the eating habits of nearly 4,000 children at the ages of 3, 4, 7 and 8½. The scientists corrected for the mothers' education level, social class, consumption of fatty fish during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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