Monday, January 3, 2011

Fruit and Vegetable Diet Ups the Odds of Having a Daughter

Well, it may not be the reason why you are choosing to nosh on fruits and veggies, but what the heck! According to Dutch researchers, women who chow down on a plant-based diet increase their odds of giving birth to a daughter rather than a son. The scientists believe that the reason for this phenomenon is due to the high amounts of calcium and magnesium found in plant foods, especially dark leafy greens.

It seems a little strange for an experiment, but women hoping to conceive daughters followed a diet plan created by the scientists, while the 'control' group just ate whatever they normally would. In the special diet group, 80% of women went on to have daughters.

Nine weeks before they were planning to conceive, the women in the special diet group started eating more fruits, vegetables and rice in order to up the amounts of calcium and magnesium in their blood. They also took supplements of these nutrients. The researchers aren't totally sure why or how this works, but they believe that the proof is in the pudding; in their trials, it has worked. The scientists also believe that diets higher in sodium and potassium, including more bananas, and potatoes, would be more likely to help the odds of having a son but this has not yet been tested.

"People now know that if they do everything we have suggested, their chances of having a girl will improve dramatically," said Annet Noorlander, a biologist with the group conducting the trials. It's so amazing how our diets can affect so many aspects of life, even down to the finest details.