A British study has been billed as the first to show a link in humans between a woman’s diet and whether she has a boy or girl.
The research involved about 700 first-time pregnant women in the United Kingdom who didn’t know the sex of their fetuses. They were asked about their eating habits in the year before getting pregnant.
Among women with the highest calorie intake before pregnancy (but still within a normal, healthy range), 56 percent had boys, versus 45 percent of the women with the lowest calorie intake.
Women who ate at least one bowl of breakfast cereal daily were 87 percent more likely to have boys than those who ate no more than one bowlful per week. Eating very little cereal was considered a possible sign of skipping breakfast, lead author Fiona Mathews said.
Compared with the women who had girls, those who had boys ate an additional 300 milligrams of potassium daily on average, “which links quite nicely with the old wives’ tale that if you eat bananas you’ll have a boy,” Dr. Mathews said.
Women who had boys also ate about 400 calories more daily than those who had girls, on average, she said.
These sorts of studies are funny but interesting nonetheless! If I were trying desperately to conceive a boy I would probably immediately start eating tons of bananas and breakfast cereal!