Moms Go Bananas to Conceive Boys

Gender influenced by diet, researchers find
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2008 7:27 AM CDT
New research shows women who have high-calorie diets immediately prior to conception are more likely to have boys. Women who skip breakfast are more likely to have girls.    (Getty Images (by Event))
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(Newser) – Women who want to conceive boys should eat potassium-rich bananas as part of a high calorie, high protein diet, according to the latest British research into influencing gender at conception. Scientists found that 56% of mothers on a high calorie diet conceived boys, compared with 45% of those on a low calorie diet, reports the Guardian.

"There is a clear association between a mother's diet and the gender of her infant," said the  lead researcher. "The mother seems able to influence the survival of either the sperm or the fertilized egg, probably before it has even implanted in the womb."