Eating fry-ups could help boost intelligence of unborn babies

Eating a morning meal of bacon and eggs can help pregnant women boost the intelligence of their unborn child

Great news for women expecting a baby: eating a traditional breakfast of bacon and eggs can be good for your unborn baby, according to a new study.

Scientists have found that a micronutrient called choline, found in pork products and eggs, can help boost the intelligence of an unborn child. According to scientists, the chemical is critical to developing parts of the brain linked to memory and recall.

The discovery came after scientists at the University of North Carolina tested the effects of choline on the brains of baby mice.

‘Our study in mice indicates that the diet of a pregnant mother, especially choline in that diet, can change the switches that control brain development in the foetus,’ said Steven Zeisel, who led the study.

Dr Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, which published the report, said: ‘We may never be able to call bacon a health food with a straight face, but similar studies are already making us rethink those things that we consider healthy and unhealthy.’

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