A Smart Reason To Eat More Fruit
An apple a day may (or may not) keep the doctor away. But an apple a day (or several) may be just what expecting mothers need if they want to deliver smarter babies.
Researchers at the University of Alberta followed a group of 688 children via the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development Child study. They found that the more servings of fruit mothers reported eating during pregnancy, the higher cognitive scores the children earned as one-year-olds.
The findings are preliminary, and researchers warn against reading too much into them. “We don’t want pregnant women to go out and eat a tremendous amount of fruit,” Dr. Piush Mandhane tells the Wall Street Journal. “It’s a single study, and we haven’t looked at the health effects of increased fruit intake.”
Eating too much fruit might lead to gestational diabetes, as fruit tends to be high in sugar. Still, many people eat less fruit than the 1.5 to 2 cups they’re supposed to consume each day. So Dr. Mandhane recommends pregnant women at least meet those minimums.
The study, which is on-going, involves 3,600 pregnant Canadians who signed up between 2008 and 2012.
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