Mom's Diet May Influence Her Baby's Sex
Study Shows Women Who Eat Breakfast Cereals Give Birth to More Boys
The Importance of Breakfast
So should a woman who wants her next child to be a girl skip breakfast and
Absolutely not, says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman and
registered dietitian Elisa Zied.
Breakfast foods, especially breakfast cereals, are among the best dietary
sources of folic acid, a nutrient that is critical during
conception and early pregnancy for preventing birth defects.
"Whole-grain cereals are loaded with folic acid, and so are oranges and
orange juice," she says. "If you skip breakfast, you could easily not
She adds that eating a balanced diet prior to conception and during
pregnancy is one of the best things a woman can do to ensure a healthy
"That means eating regular, frequent meals, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and foods rich in folic acid and
other nutrients, and avoiding alcohol," she says.
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