December 10, 2013

Let's Look at the Dad's Diet Too

1 Father's Diet Before Conception Matters

A father’s diet before conception may be just as important as the mother’s diet, suggest researchers from McGill University. The new research on mice focused on folate, or vitamin B9. Male mice with insufficient folate levels had offspring that were 30 percent more likely to have birth defects. The study, published in Nature Communications, shows for the first time that a father’s folate levels could be just as important to the health and development of children. Researchers warn that obese fathers, or those who eat a fast-food diet high in fat may not be able to metabolize folate like fathers with good folate levels. Folate is found in cereals, green leafy veggies, meats and fruits.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Vegetarian Hit with HIgh Cholesterol Diagnosis

Tags: Father's Diet Before Conception, Vitamin B9, Fast Food Diets, Causes Birth Defects, Canadian Institute of Health Research, Foods with Folate, Preventing Birth Defects, Nature Communications

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