Nuts in pregnancy make smart children!

Nuts in pregnancy make smart children!

Many studies have highlighted the benefits of eating nuts. Their high content of good fats, the protein of high biological value and their vitamins, have a strong antioxidant effect and reduce the risk of developing a heart disease.

For example, some nuts have the ability to drop "bad" cholesterol and raise the "good". A new research suggests another side, relatively unknown to date, confirming that mothers who follow a diet rich in nuts during the first three months of pregnancy are more likely to see long-term neurodevelopmental benefits to their child.


The findings of this research are not unrelated to other studies that have shown that nuts can function as protective minds and shield them as far as possible from cognitive decline that comes with old age.

This new survey is Spanish and was carried out by the World Health Institute (ISGlobal) with the participation of at least 2,200 mother-child pairs. Its results were published in the European Journal of Epidemiology.

The positive effect of nuts was observed in pregnant women who consumed an average of about three servings of nuts per week (30 grams or each serving) per week. This quantity is less than that suggested by the various health food guides. Practically this means that a mother who follows the recommendations of nutritionists will ensure even greater benefits for her child.

The nuts evaluated in the study were walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pine nuts and hazelnuts. Their intake by mothers was examined with dietary habits questionnaires given in the first and third trimesters of pregnancy. At the same time, the neuropsychological evaluation of children was performed at the age of 18 months, five and eight years.

The analysis of the results showed that the group of children whose mothers ate more nuts during the first trimester of pregnancy showed the best results in all cognitive, alertness and work memory tests.

Infant development in the first trimester of life follows a sprawling course and is considered the most critical one, either to be adversely affected by drugs and infections or positively through the proper diet of the mother.


Aggeliki Koskeridou

Holistic Doctor – Counseling Psychotherapist

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

MSc c. Health Psychology

insta: dr_aggelikikoskeridou_official 

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