Eating these foods while pregnant will boost your baby’s brain

Consuming foods such as egg yolks, lean red meat, fish, poultry, legumes, nuts and cruciferous vegetables – that are rich in nutrient choline – during pregnancy may boost your babys brain, a study has found.

Researchers from Cornell University in the US ran a rigorous study on the cognitive abilities of offspring of pregnant who consumed more than twice the amount choline foods currently recommended.

The current recommendation is at least 455mg per day.

26 women were randomly divided into two groups and all the women consumed exactly the same diet.

Intake of choline and other nutrients were tightly controlled, which was important since the metabolism of choline and its functions can overlap with such nutrients as vitamin B12, folic acid and vitamin B6.

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

What they did in practice was to time 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 results show that infants who demonstrate fast processing speeds when young typically continue to be fast as they age.

The study was published in The FASEB Journal.

with information from India Today