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,”Rachel Ward-Flanagan, University of Alberta
“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.”