House Calls

SUM 2019

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h o u s e c a l l s { summer 2019 } 13 Aw, Nuts! Expectant mothers, here's something to add to your daily diet M oms-to-be know what not to eat while pregnant: from swordfish (the mercury levels in the fish can be detrimental to an unborn child) to soft, unpasteurized cheese, which can contain listeria. But a recent study found one food group that should indeed land on pregnant women's plates: nuts. January 2019 research published in the European Journal of Epidemiology found that eating nuts during pregnancy may help boost the baby's cognitive abilities. The study involved 2,208 children and their mothers. The women completed food questionnaires in their first and third trimesters, and their children participated in a series of motor ability and I.Q. tests when they were 1, 5, and 8 years old. Children of the moms who ate the most nuts during pregnancy—averaging 2.6 ounces per week—performed significantly better on attention, memory, and I.Q. tests than children of mothers who ate no nuts at all. The results held after scientists accounted for other factors such as the women's age, tobacco use, socioeconomic status, and more. How much is 2.6 ounces? It equates to roughly 60 nuts per week. So get cracking! P H O T O G R A P H N U T S B Y S T U D I O P H O T O D F L O R E Z / S H U T T E R S T O C K

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