According to headlines indulging in fry-ups may be less indulgence and more benefit–for your unborn baby.
Bacon and eggs contain choline -considered an essential macronutrientfor foetal brain development; but that doesn’t necessarily mean health professionals are encouraging expectant mums to grease up the skillet.
The headlines’ source is a study published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.26 women were divided into 2 groups; one group received 450 mg of choline, the other 930 mg of choline per day in the final trimester. The findings revealed that babies of the mothers who received more than double choline “scored” better in speed and visual-spatial memory tests at 4, 7, 10 and 13 months of age.
So the findings do indeed qualify the benefit of choline, but they also don’t categorically point to fry-ups as preggie mums go-to breakfast–choline is actually found in plenty foods, including:
- egg yolks
- offal, like liver and kidneys
- spinach and other green leaves
Of the findings, Professor Marie Caudill, of Cornell University in New York, states current AI (adequate intake) for choline should be boosted–for everyone (not just mums!), adding “this single nutrienthas lifelong benefits”. So if a Full English doesn’t appeal–or morning sickness doesn’t permit–don’t forgo, just go for easier-on-the-belly alternative sources of the all-important nutrient.