28.06.2011

Fatty acids "essential for babies" eyes"

Fatty acids "essential for babies" eyes"

By Adrian Galbreth

Expectant mothers need to ensure they are taking on fatty acids to ensure their babies are receiving enough nutrients, one expert has warned.

According to Yvonne Bishop-Weston, health and nutrition consultant with Foods for Life, Harley Street, London, the diet a pregnant woman follows can have a major impact on the development of her child, including aspects of the baby's eyesight.

She explained: "Essential fatty acids found in plant foods, particularly seeds, nuts, purslane and some sea vegetables, are vital for the development of the babies' eyes, heart and brain."

However, eating too much of the wrong kind of fats can also have the opposite effect on the baby, so it is important to strike the right balance, she explained.

Her comments followed the publication of research which showed that mothers who eat too much during pregnancy increase the risk of low IQ, eating disorders and other problems in their children.

by Alexa Kaczka


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