Drinking orange juice and tomato juice while pregnant has been shown to improve infant intelligence

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 juiceperformed significantly better on tests of memory.

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“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.


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“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.”


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Source: https://www.ualberta.ca/science/news/2020/february/pregnancy-fruit-brain-development.html

Photos: Glass of Orange Juice by JÉSHOOTS | Pregnant woman in white by Dominika Roseclay


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