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They Say: Eat Bacon For Baby's Sake

bacon-and-eggsAs if Americans needed another excuse to eat bacon . . . here’s another one! Researchers at the University of North Carolina say eating bacon and eggs when you’re pregnant will help with fetal brain development.

The study in mice was published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal January issue.

It relates back to other studies done (and published in FASEB) linking choline – one of the ingredients of a greasy breakfast – to brain development. According to the scientists, adding choline will specifically affect the portion of the brain which affects memory.

“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,” Gerald Weissmann, MD, editor-in-chief of the FASEB Journal told Science Daily. “This is yet another example showing that good prenatal nutrition is vitally important throughout a child’s entire lifetime.”

If that isn’t enough of a reason to pull out the frying pan, maybe this is: choline consumption has been linked to a reduction in your breast cancer risk.

Image: @joefoodie via flickr

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