More and more research is confirming what WAPF has been saying all along—that a pregnant mom’s diet affects not only the growth and physical health of her infant, but also mental performance and behavior. One new study reveals that pregnant mothers with unhealthy diets are more likely to have children with behavioral problems. The study involved more than twenty-three thousand mothers and children participating in the ongoing Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. They found that an unhealthy prenatal diet consisting of higher intake of processed meats, refined cereals, sweet drinks, and salty snacks predisposed offspring to more behavioral problems, whereas a healthy diet, consisting of higher intake of “vegetables, fruit, high-fiber cereals, and vegetable oils,” was associated with fewer behavioral problems in the children. (The study does not elaborate on the makeup of those “vegetable oils” but a diet higher in fruit and vegetables is a marker for a diet in which real foods predominate.) Pre-pregnancy risk drinking was associated with child behavior problems at eighteen and thirty-six months, even after controlling for prenatal and postnatal alcohol use (Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2014 Jul 23). In related news, researchers at the University of Adelaide found that women who consistently ate “high-fat, high-sugar foods”—of course those would be industrial fats—and take-out foods were about 50 percent more likely to have a preterm birth (Journal of Nutrition, September, 144 (9):1349-1355).
About Sally Fallon Morell
Sally Fallon Morell is the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk. She is the author of the best-selling cookbook, Nourishing Traditions (with Mary G. Enig, PhD) and the Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care (with Thomas S. Cowan, MD). She is also the author of Nourishing Broth (with Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN). Her latest book is Nourishing Fats: Why We Need Animal Fats for Health and Happiness.