Study: Consuming A Healthy Diet While Pregnant Can Lower Risk of Heart Defects in Babies

9/28/2015 1:55 PM

Last month, a peer reviewed study showed that pregnant women who eat a very healthy diet can reduce the risk of heart defects in their baby, sometimes by as much as 37%.  According to the study authors, women and their babies benefited most from a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, whole grains and fish. Foods rich in nutrients like folic acid, iron and calcium were also cited as beneficial.  Many fruits and veggies are excellent sources for these important nutrients. 

The study was published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Congenital heart defects affect one of every 100 newborns in the United States, and cause nearly one out of every four infant deaths related to birth defects, according to background information in the study. 

The findings support the need for women to eat a healthful diet even before they have conceived, since birth defects can occur very early in pregnancy. If a woman waits to eat right until after she's pregnant, it could be too late, the researchers said.

This is yet another study among decades of nutritional research that shows the importance of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.  And it supports the messaging of health experts everywhere to choose either organic or conventional produce but choose to eat more each day for better health and a longer life.  In the case of moms, this study underscores how their diet – before and during pregnancy -  can positively impact the health of their baby as well.

Read, learn, choose but eat more organic and conventional fruits and veggies every day.  

 

 

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