New research is suggesting that, a woman can influence the sex of their baby by, what they choose to eat before conception. This helps give scientific support to old wives tales about being pregnant. They found that, a higher caloric intake before conception can greatly heighten the odds of having a boy. Women on more restricted diets are more in favor of having a girl.
Scientists studied the eating habits of 740 expecting mothers during their first pregnancies. They said that, what they found supports tradition connections between diet and gender while not proving others.
“We were unable to confirm the old wives’ tale that eating bananas and so having a higher potassium intake was associated with having a boy, as was a high sodium intake,” Fiona Matthews, a specialist in mammalian biology at Exeter University, said to the Guardian newspaper.
“But the old take about drinking a lot of milk to have a girl doesn’t seem to hold up. In fact, more calcium meant they were again more likely to have a boy.”
“The study pointed to a simple technique to influence the chances of a male birth: Eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast,” said Matthews.
“If you want a boy, eat a healthy diet with a high calorie intake, including breakfast,” she told New Scientist magazine.
“Of women eating cereal daily, 59 percent had boys, compared with only 43 percent who are born boys in the group eating less than a bowlful per week.”
Researchers said that a higher caloric intake before conceiving can higher the chances of having a son from ten to 11 boys in every 20 births, according to a study put out in the Proceeding of the Royal Society B.
That could explain why male births in richer countries show a slight reduction.