06/01/2010 09:20 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Fried Breakfasts "Could Help Pregnant Women Produce Brainy Babies"

Eating bacon and eggs for breakfast when pregnant could help boost your chances of having an intelligent child, it has been reported today.

The tabloids say a fry-up, or traditional English breakfast, could be beneficial to the baby's growing brain.

But hang on a minute. We were told not to eat eggs during pregnancy unless they were boiled in Domestos for half an hour, or something.

Those delicious runny fried eggs were definitely out, from what I can remember - something to do with the risk of salmonella.

Hard-boiled eggs were fine, though - and apparently they could help turn our children into brain-boxes too.

This new study suggests that a chemical in pork products and eggs can help the baby's growing brain to develop.

The micronutrient is called choline, and apparently it helps to develop the parts of the baby's brain which are linked to memory and recall.

In a study carried out by scientists at the University of North Carolina, mice fed small doses of choline apparently had genetic differences to those given large amounts.

Dr Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology journal, which published the research, told The Telegraph: "We may never be able to call bacon a health food with a straight face, but [similar studies] are already making us rethink what we consider healthy and unhealthy."

Apparently earlier studies have already suggested that large amounts of choline could help ward against heart problems.

Liver, milk, chicken and nuts are also high in levels of the nutrient, apparently.

But I'm sure liver is also banned during pregnancy, due to high levels of vitamin A. As for nuts - well, there are wildly differing views on whether women should eat peanuts when pregnant.

I'm afraid this latest study just adds to my confusion about what we're supposed to eat when we're expecting a baby...

Source: Daily Mail