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Here's why Mediterranean diet is good for pregnant woman

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

According to a recent study, pregnant women with higher intake of the diet have 32 per cent lower risk of having children with an accelerated growth pattern, as compared to offspring of women that did not follow such diet.

The diet is characterised by a high content of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, legumes and nuts. This healthy diet pattern has earlier been associated with and cardiometabolic risk in adults.

This study, conducted at the for Global Health, aimed at evaluating the association between adherence to a diet during and growth patterns and cardiometabolic risk in early infancy.

The findings of the study are published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

It was performed with data of over 2,700 pregnant women, who filled in a questionnaire on dietary intake in the first and third trimester of In addition, the diet, weight and height of their offspring were followed-up from birth to age four years. Other tests such as blood analysis and blood pressure were also performed.

"Mothers with lower adherence to the Mediterranean diet were younger, consumed more calories, and had higher probability of smoking and a lower education and social level, as compared to those women who did follow the diet," said Sílvia Fernandez, of the study.

These results supported the hypothesis that a healthy diet during can have a beneficial effect for child development.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 09:12 IST
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