The SEATON study (Study of Eczema and Asthma to Observe the influence of Nutrition) was undertaken at the University of Aberdeen. The researchers questioned 2,000 pregnant women about their eating habits and monitored their children for five years.
They found that children of mothers who ate four or more apples a week were less likely to develop asthma, compared to children of mothers who ate less. This link was not seen with any other food, including vegetables and fruit juice.
Those mothers who ate one or more portions of any type of fish were less likely to have children who developed eczema in the first five years.
The researchers note that there may be other influencing factors, but the research reinforces general advice that pregnant women should maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.
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