BEFORE CONCEPTION, DIET IS KEY
It’s becoming clear that from the moment we’re conceived, and even before, our mother’s diet plays an enormous role in shaping our genes — and a recent study proves it.
In a 2010 US study, researchers compared babies who were conceived during Africa’s rainy season, when food is scarce, with those conceived in the dry season. Blood samples revealed that the genes of rainy-season babies had higher levels of a chemical compound that experts associate with the risk of certain diseases. This was proof that the women’s pre-pregnancy diets had a critical effect on their offspring.
Though scientists are unsure of the consequences this could have for the children’s health, it’s the first time we’ve seen how a human mother’s diet can affect her baby before conception.