London, Apr 23 (UNI) Old wives' tale suggesting that mother's eating habits hold the key to sex of the child has been backed by a recent study published today.
The finding published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society, which links higher energy intake around conception to the birth of sons, explained that the number of boy babies was in decline in the west as a result of women consuming low fat foods and skipping breakfast.
According to the research, the odds of having a son shifted from ten to 11 boys in every 20 births. The effect was such that calories along with a wider range of nutrients, including potassium, calcium and vitamins C, E and B12, resulted in women giving birth to sons.
The study conducted on 721 first-time pregnant mothers suggested that women should eat a generous bowl of cereal for breakfast, munch bananas, use more salt and boost their overall daily calories by 400 calories - the equivalent of a meal.
Lead researcher Fiona Mathews said over the last 40 years there had been a small but consistent decline, of about one per 1000 births annually, in the proportion of boys being born in industrialised countries, including the UK, the US and Canada.
''This decline mirrors the fall in average energy intake in the developed world where young women choose to have low calorie diets,'' the Telegraph quoted Dr Mathews as saying.
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