Bacon and eggs may boost unborn babies’ brain power

Pregnant? A traditional English breakfast might actually have benefits…


Eating bacon and eggs could help mums-to-be increase the intelligence of their babies, scientists from the University of Carolina have said.


A micronutrient found in pork products and chicken eggs could help your unborn baby’s brain development, the study has suggested. The nutrient, called ‘choline’, helps develop parts of the brain connected to memory and recall. Other foods that contain choline include liver, milk, chicken and nuts.

The study looked at the effects of choline on baby mice brains. Mice that had been fed small doses of the nutrient in the womb and those that had been fed large doses had genetic differences.

“We may never be able to call bacon a health food with a straight face, but (similar studies are) already making us rethink those things that we consider healthful and unhealthful,” Dr Gerald Weissmann is quoted as saying in the Telegraph. Dr Gerald is the editor-in-chief of the journal that published the research, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology journal.


Wondering what to eat now you’re pregnant? We have an A-Z guide on what to eat once you’re a mum-to-be, foods that are safe and foods to avoid plus four breakfasts to help you beat morning sickness.

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