Can Mom's Low-Sodium Diet Determine Baby's Sex?


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With an overpopulated planet a serious concern, you're likely not trying for a that perfect little bundle of feminine joy made of sugar and spice and everything nice. But if you are in the off chance, and still ending up with little boys made of frogs and snails and puppy dog dogs tails, you may want to take note.

According to the Daily Mail, a recent study out of Holland's Maastricht University is pointing to pre-pregnant mom's diet as a strong determiner of the child's sex saying that she can plan her diet around which chromosome combo she prefers to conceive. Crazy, but true?A five year study followed 21 Western European women all wishing to give birth to a baby girl after having already had a boy (or more).

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They were given strict dietary guidelines avoiding sodium and potassium rich foods like: olives, bacon, salami, smoked salmon, prawns, savory rice, blue cheese, potatoes, processed meats, and bread and pastries. And instead, were encouraged to eat calcium and magnesium rich foods like: yogurt, hard cheese, canned salmon, rhubarb, spinach, tofu, almonds, oatmeal, broccoli, oranges, cashew nuts, whole wheat cereals, figs, and beans.

This diet was combined with strict rules on when to have sex during ovulation. Or rather, not to have sex during ovulation. (This is when the male sperm carrying the male gene is more dominant according to other studies.)

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16 out of the 21 participants gave birth to girls. An almost 80 percent success rate!

With this being the first study of its kind to use human subjects, it's still difficult to say whether it was the timing method, the diet, both and/or even other factors such as the variability of the male sperm, that led to the success rate.

If the study's success does have something to do with diet, however, is what intrigues me most. What a great reminder of how influential a role our food decisions can play in our life. If it can influence the sex of our child, imagine what else in terms of health, longevity and well-being for us--and the planet?

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