Children whose mothers ate many apples during pregnancy are less likely to get asthma, the researchers say. The project carried out by the University of Aberdeen surveyed 2000 future mothers about their eating habits and they followed the health of the children for 5 years. The researchers found that women who ate 4 or more apples a week during pregnancy had a half risk compared to those who ate fewer apples than children with asthma.
The researchers also found a connection between higher amounts of fish eaten during pregnancy and fewer cases of eczema in children during the first 5 years of life. However, it is difficult to establish a clear causality between the mother's diet and the child's health, given the many other factors involved in the child's health.
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May 21, 2007