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Seafood consumption during pregnancy may improve attention capacity in children

Barcelona, 3 October 2019

  • A team of scientists from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by ”la Caixa”, has studied the relationship between the consumption of various types of seafood during pregnancy and attention capacity in children at eight years of age.
  • The results, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, show that eating a seafood-rich diet during early pregnancy is associated with better attention outcomes in children.
  • The study included 1,641 mother-child pairs from the INMA Environment and Childhood Project, a Spanish cohort study on the role of pollutants during pregnancy and their effects on children. Over the course of their pregnancies, the mothers completed numerous food-frequency questionnaires that assessed how often they ate more than a hundred different food items, including various types of seafood.

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