Vitamin E-rich antenatal diet could prevent asthma
Pregnant women are being urged to eat more grains and cereal in a bid to reduce the number of children suffering from asthma.
Scientists at the University of Aberdeen say a study of pregnant women in the north east of Scotland has revealed a link between an antenatal diet low in Vitamin E and the rise of the respiratory condition in the UK.
Professor Graham Devereux said: 'We have found evidence that a maternal diet low in foods containing vitamin E - for example, grains, nuts and and cereals - affects the way the babies' lungs developed and how the immune system responded to allergens.'
However, last year a Dutch study found that eating nuts could actually put unborn babies at greater risk of developing asthma.
Alternative sources of Vitamin E include asparagus, avocado and spinach.