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  2. Jul 27, 2023

Maternal Fiber Intake Improves Childhood Development

A new study of over 76,000 women found that low fiber intake during pregnancy was associated with neurodevelopmental delay in their offspring. The lowest intakes of dietary fiber during pregnancy were associated with a 51% increased risk of delayed communication and a 45% increased risk of delayed fine motor skills, as well as a delayed development in problem solving and social skills.1 Whole foods such as whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables are a great source of dietary fiber, while ultra-processed foods contain minimal fiber, and animal products are devoid of fiber.


Kunio M, Sayaka H, Ryoji S, et al. Maternal dietary fiber intake during pregnancy and child development: the Japan Environment and Children's Study. Front Nutr. 2023;10. doi:10.3389/fnut.2023.1203669

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