Eating a fry-up while pregnant could make your baby smarter

The Great British fry up is not normally associated with good health.

But egg yolks and lean red meat, such as pork and bacon, are particularly rich in choline.


And they could make your baby smarter - if you eat it while pregnant, according to GloucestershireLive.

This is because bacon and eggs are rich in a nutrient choline which is also found in fish, nuts and vegetables.

The study, which involved 26 infants, found those mums who ate the most cooked breakfasts during the last three months of pregnancy gave birth to children with higher IQs.

In particular, there was a dramatic improvement in information processing speed, one of the key signs of intelligence.

Nutritionist Professor Marie Caudill, of Cornell University, New York, said the findings suggest dietary guidelines for choline consumption should be increased.

She said: "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."

In the study 26 participants were randomly divided into two groups - one of which consumed almost twice as much choline as the other.

Half the women received 480 mg/day of choline, slightly more than the adequate intake level, and the other 930 mg.

Afterwards, the researchers tested infant information processing speed and visuospatial memory at 4, 7, 10 and 13 months of age.

They timed how long each infant took to look toward an image on the periphery of a computer screen, a measure of the time it takes for a cue to produce a motor response.

 

The test has been shown to correlate with IQ in childhood.

The findings are especially important because choline is vital during pregnancy but most women consume less than the recommended 450 milligrams a day.

Previous studies have also suggested large doses of choline could help protect against heart problems.

 

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