A group of experts from Canada, representing University of Alberta, found that consume sufficient amounts of fruit in the mothers is much more important than previously thought. According to scientists, if a pregnant woman eats a lot of fruit, the intelligence quotient of the unborn child may be higher but memory is better.
The researchers used data collected previously within the project of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD), devoted to the study of the health status of children in Canada. The specialists examined information on approximately 700 children. They noticed that if the mother or that the child ate six to seven servings of fruits, at the age of one year often it was noticeable that his memory is somewhat better than their peers. In the future, the IQs of these children were on average six or seven points higher than the other. Scientists say that this is a very impressive result — two thirds of the population have an IQ ranging from 85 to 115, that is, the seven points represent a quarter of the variation between the lower and the upper bound of the conventional “norm”.
To validate the findings, the experts conducted a number of experiments on fruit flies — fruit flies, often used as model organisms. Although these insects are, of course, at first glance, infinitely distant from people, has long been observed that genes responsible for brain activity, flies and people coincide by 85 percent. Experiments have shown that fruit flies that were born from feeding a large quantity of fruit of the females, had better memory than the other.
Experts note that many useful properties of fruit, for example, that they reduce the likelihood of cardiovascular disease — has been known for a long time. But a new study published in the journal EbioMedicine, suggests that these fruits are important for human health before birth.