If you’re pregnant and have a hankering for bacon and eggs, you’ve got good nutritional evidence to back up your culinary desires. Research into fetal development shows that the fetal brain needs relatively large amounts of choline for proper growth. Both bacon and eggs are rich in this nutrient which is also found in other meats.
“We may never be able to call bacon a health food with a straight face, but the emerging field of epigenetics is already making us rethink those things that we consider healthful and unhealthful,” says Gerald Weissmann, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal where the latest study was published. “This is yet another example showing that good prenatal nutrition is vitally important throughout a child’s entire lifetime.”
Epigenetics, the study of how genes behave, shows that an expectant mother’s nutrition influences the behavior of fetal cells. In this study, the choline in bacon and eggs helped fetal brain cells develop regions associated with memory. Nuts are also a good source of choline.