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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Another Reason for Not Skipping Breakfast

Now this is interesting--a woman can choose the sex of her child by her diet! Yes, it's true, I read it in the newspaper! ;-) The Independent had an article today, "Mother's Diet Linked to Baby's Sex," which started off like this:
The trend to skip breakfast could be altering the male/female balance in the population, scientists say.

A study of 740 first-time mothers has shown that women who ate breakfast cereals around the time of conception were more likely to produce sons.

Higher calorie consumption favours the birth of boys and both have declined in industrialised countries over the past 40 years.

As if we needed another reason not to skip breakfast! If you don't know the other reasons, here are two:

  • After fasting overnight, your blood glucose levels are low. Your brain needs glucose for mental functions--like your job, duh!

  • If you don't eat breakfast you may increase your chances of becoming fat (at least if you're an adolescent)!

  • Look in our 641.52 section for books specifically on breakfast; Ken Haedrich's Country Breakfasts [641.52 HAE] is one. Or books on entertaining will often have simple brunch recipes that would be good for breakfast. Rachael Ray's Open House Cookbook: Over 200 Recipes for Easy Entertaining [641.55 RAY] is just one example. Ray's recipes are also available on her website, www.rachaelray.com. For Ray's scrumptious sounding recipe, "Tortilla Scrambles," click here.
    For other egg recipes look for The Farmstead Egg Cookbook by Terry Golson [641.675 GOL].

    Don't forget to eat each morning, and by that I don't mean a donut!

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