Does Eating Nuts During Pregnancy Affect Baby’s Intelligence?

According to a new study from Spain, nuts eaten during pregnancy have a positive long-term effect on children’s intelligence.

In a study conducted at the Barcelona Institute of Global Health, it was seen that the children of mothers who ate nuts in the first 3 months of pregnancy were more developed in terms of attention span, short-term memory and cognitive functions.

In the study, 2200 pregnant women and their children in Spain were tested after giving birth at 18 months, 5 and 8 years of age.

Florence Gignac, who led the research, stressed that this is the “first study of the benefits of eating nuts during pregnancy for the long-term brain development of the child.”

Gignac said of the research:

“During pregnancy, the brain goes through a series of complex processes; The mother’s nutrition is an important factor in the baby’s brain development and has long-term effects.

“The nuts we covered in the study were walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, and pine nuts.

“We believe that their benefit is due to the fact that these nuts contain high levels of folic acid and fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6.

“These substances accumulate in the brain tissue, especially in the anterior part of the brain; this part is responsible for memory and executive functions.”

In the study, it is stated that the mentioned benefit was detected in the children of mothers who said that they ate close to 30 grams of nuts 3 times a week in the first 3 months of pregnancy.

Nuts are known to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, oxidative stress and diabetes in adults, as well as to protect against cognitive decline due to aging.

Source: Medimagazin

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