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Eating Nuts During Pregnancy May Benefit A Baby's Brain

A new and extensive study has discovered that there could well be a link between a child's intelligence and whether a mom eats nuts during pregnancy.

Knowing what you can and can't do during pregnancy is a proverbial minefield. The food and drink arena alone can make those nine months even more arduous than they're already going to be. You can have some types of cheese but not others. This fish is okay but this one isn't. All of that stress during a period when we aren't allowed any alcohol.

There are also what feels like an endless amount of conflicting opinions online. Well, not that we want to add to those opinions, but we are about to. In our defense, this is a little more than an opinion. The benefits of eating nuts during pregnancy have come about after the results of a long and extensive study were published.

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The study was undertaken by Spanish researchers and published in the European Journal of Epidemiology. The New York Times reports that the study, which included 2208 children, discovered that those whose mothers ate nuts while pregnant tended to have a higher IQ. The children's intelligence was tested at three junctures. One and a half, five, and eight years of age.

The highest third of women for nut consumption was deemed to be those who ate at least 2.6 ounces of nuts per week. The children of those moms performed better on IQ tests, working memory problems, and also sustained attention for longer. It is already recommended that pregnant women eat nuts due to their high protein content, but this could well be another good reason to do so.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists approves of eating plenty of nuts during pregnancy due to their protein content. However, this one study alone is not enough for their guidelines to be completely overhauled. These results are pretty telling though, and the study will now be replicated in other parts of the world. Whether good for IQ or not, it is recommended that women try to eat plenty of walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds during pregnancy.

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