A new study explores in greater depth the effect on infant cognition of drinking fruit juice while pregnant.
Results show that infants whose mothers had their diets supplemented with fruit juice – particularly orange juice and tomato juice – performed significantly better on tests of memory.
“Our results show that there is significant cognitive benefit for the offspring of mothers that ingest more fruit during pregnancy,” said Rachel Ward-Flanagan, University of Alberta
“We see this as especially valuable information for pregnant mothers, as this offers a nonpharmacological, dietary intervention to boost infant brain development.” said Claire Scavuzzo, co-lead author of the study and postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Science’s Department of Psychology.
“The idea that nutrition may also impact mental health and cognition has only recently started to gain traction,” said Ward-Flanagan. “People want to be able give their kids the best possible start in life, and from our findings, it seems that a diet enriched with fruit is a possible way to do so.”