John H. Gohde asks: If a Mediterranean Diet is good for you, should it be any surprise that a Mediterranean diet consumed during pregnancy also has long term benefits for your children?
Expecting mothers should be aware of the fact that what they consume during pregnancy can have a major effect on their off-spring. Certainly it is well established that drinking alcohol during pregancy can result in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in your children.
Expecting mothers who consumed a healthy diet of vegetables, fish, and legumes were found to be significantly more likely to end up with healthier children free of asthma and allergies than those who did not. Legumes and Nuts are known as the 4th food group in the Mediterranean Diet.
Consumption of vegetables more than eight times a week, fish more than three times a week, and legumes more than once a week, was reported to be particularly protective; reports John H. Gohde. While consumption of red meat more than three to four times a week seemed to increased the risks of children.
Of course, the consumption of fish is also well known to promote brain development in growing children.
Chatzi L, Torrent M, Romieu I, Garcia-Esteban R
Mediterranean Diet in pregnancy protective for wheeze and atopy in childhood.
Thorax. 2008 Jan 15; [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 18198206 [Abstract]
“CONCLUSION: Our results support a protective effect of a high level of adherence to the Mediterranean Diet during pregnancy against asthma-like symptoms and atopy in childhood.”
Want healthy and smart children? Then consume a Mediterranean Diet through out your pregnancy.