BE­FORE CON­CEP­TION, DIET IS KEY

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURE -

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.

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