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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:32 am 
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I'm not sure I buy this study, but I sure read it!

Mother's diet can help determine ** of child: study

PARIS (AFP) - Oysters may excite the libido, but there is nothing like a hearty breakfast laced with sugar to boost a woman's chances of conceiving a son, according to a study released Wednesday.

Likewise, a low-energy diet that skimps on calories, minerals and nutrients is more likely to yield a female of the human species, says the study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Britain's de facto academy of sciences.

Fiona Mathews of the University of Exeter in Britain and colleagues wanted to find out if a woman's diet has an impact on the ** of her offspring.

So they asked 740 first-time mothers who did not know if their unborn foetuses were male or female to provide detailed records of eating habits before and after they became pregnant. The women were split into three groups according to the number calories they consumed per day around the time of conception.

Fifty-six percent of the women in the group with the highest energy intake had sons, compared to 45 percent in the least-well fed cohort.

Beside racking up a higher calorie count, the group who produced more males were also more likely to have eaten a wider range of nutrients, including potassium, calcium and vitamins C, E and B12.

The odds of an XY, or male outcome to a pregnancy also went up sharply "for women who consumed at least one bowl of breakfast cereal daily compared with those who ate less than or equal to one bowl of week," the study reported.

These surprising findings are consistent with a very gradual shift in favor of girls over the last four decades in the ** ratio of newborns, according to the researchers.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:07 pm 
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Silly me, I always thought it was the father's contribution that determined the ** of the child.

It must have something to do with changing the ph or something in the mother.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:04 pm 
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I guess that explains why I have two boys... I never could go without a hearty breakfast. ;)

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:20 pm 
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In case anyone wonders .... it's not that wer'e prudish, it's just if you try to write the word s__ on this forum, the spam filter thinks you're being rude and kicks in!

Life before spam, I almost remember it

Now, back to the thread. Do not eat Spam for breakfast. :P

Karen, love your post.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:20 pm 
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It's funny, G, when I read the original post with all the little ** words, I was wondering, is this the Gwen I know and love? :lol:

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I know, I'm such a delicate flower.

Next time I'll rewrite the headline with with the word "gender".

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