Bacon Makes Your Baby Smarter

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Throw out those Baby Einstein toys, parents, because it's bacon that makes your baby smarter! According to a piece that went up on Republic of Bacon, there's a chemical compound in bacon that enhances developing neural systems -- choline, usually classified as one of the B vitamins.

This startling announcement is the result of research conducted at the University of North Carolina -- in a region where a suspiciously large number of hogs are raised -- by Steven Zeisel, et al. His takeaway quote (only for the technically minded): "Our study in mice indicates that the diet of a pregnant mother, especially choline in that diet, can change the epigenetic switches that control brain development in the fetus." In other words, feed the mom bacon, not the baby. Although there's nothing cuter than feeding a baby a piece of bacon, is there?

Classify this factoid with all the other ridiculous assertions that send parents and the newly pregnant running to the grocery store. Remember how, just a few years back, the Atkins diet had everyone eating an entire pound of bacon for breakfast?

Listen, scientists -- no one needs any inducement to eat more bacon!

And thanks to the incomparable Jen Doll (@thisisjendoll) of Runnin' Scared for tweeting this tip.

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David Escott
David Escott

Really bad news for my Muslim friends...

Andrew Back Bacon
Andrew Back Bacon

Thanks Robert for the mention.

@Meghan... there is a ton of other food products you can eat for Choline intact, such as: kidney beans, grapefuit, spinach.

I just really like bacon :)

Anonymous
Anonymous

Better beef jerky than smoking a cigarette!

staci
staci

wtf...the photo is of a baby eating beef jerky!! i am no longer interested in this article. :(

Meghan
Meghan

Wow...I know there are much better and healthier sources of choline than bacon...try soybeans and soybean products, egg yolk, peanuts and peanut butter, potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes, banana, milk, oranges, lentils, oats, barley, corn, sesame seeds, flax seeds, and whole wheat bread.

Jack McGhee
Jack McGhee

You've misspelled Dr. Steven Zeisel's name.

Also: bacon!

Philly Phil
Philly Phil

The study may very well be accurate with its conclusions (I haven't read it, yet)... It does make sense. Just remember that a mother's high fat diet will most likely have negative epigenetic effects on a fetus. Everything in moderation.

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