Folk beliefs like “eat bacon to have a baby boy” seem to be getting scientific support. Researchers the University of Missouri discovered that high-calorie diet helps conceive boys and low-calorie diet – girls.
Boys are known to be more vulnerable as fetuses. That’s why they tend to need more energy and nutrients for survival. The scientists studied genes in the placenta of pregnant mice and found the difference among groups fed with regular, high-calorie and low-calorie diets. After 12 days (pregnancy period for mice is 24 days), about 2000 genes were identified in the genome of mice from all the three groups. The scientists concluded that maternal placenta can adjust to specific conditions, influencing the gender of fetuses.
The diet “for boys”, according to scientists, includes high calorie foods as well as sufficient levels of calcium and vitamins C, E, and B12. Additionally, it is recommended to have a hearty breakfast to increase the daily calorie intake.
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