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Eat fruits during pregnancy to have smarter kids

If pregnant mothers ate 6-7 servings of fruit or fruit juice a day on average, their infants placed 6-7 points higher on IQ scale

IANS  |  Toronto 

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Would-be-mothers please listen! The more you eat during pregnancy, the higher would be your kid's levels, reveals a study.

The results showed that if mothers ate six or seven servings of fruit or fruit juice a day on average, their infants placed six or seven points higher on the scale at one year of

"We found that one of the biggest predictors of cognitive development was how much fruit moms consumed during The more fruit moms had, the higher their child's cognitive development," said lead study author Piush Mandhane from University of Alberta in Canada

The team examined data from 688 and controlled for factors that would normally affect a child's learning and development such as family income, paternal and maternal education and the gestational of the child.

The mothers who consumed more fruit during gave birth to who performed better on developmental testing at one.

"We know that the longer a child is in the womb, the further they develop -- and having one more serving of fruit per day in a mother's diet provides her baby with the same benefit as being born a whole week later," Mandhane stated in the paper published in the journal EbioMedicine.

To further build on the findings, Mandhane teamed with co-author Francois Bolduc who researches the genetic basis of cognition in humans and fruit flies.

"Flies are very different from humans but, surprisingly, they have 85% of the genes involved in human brain function, making them a great model to study the genetics of memory," Bolduc stated.

The findings indicated that flies born after being fed increased prenatal fruit juice had significantly better memory ability, similar to the results shown by Mandhane with one-year-old infants.

First Published: Fri, May 27 2016. 12:19 IST