Eating salmon while pregnant lowers the risk of autism in babies
Pregnant women should increase consumption of healthy fats to lower risk of autism in babies, according to new research.
Researchers precisely explained that women who eats high amounts of linoleic acid have small risks of having a baby with autism. Linoleic acid itself is a type of omega-6 fatty acids found in vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds.
In addition, low levels of omega-3 fatty acids are commonly found in salmon also make pregnant women at risk of having a child with autism to 53 percent.
“Our study shows that omega-6 fatty acids should be consumed in high quantities by pregnant women, as well as omega-3 intake should be kept in balance,” wrote researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Nonetheless, researchers confirmed that this research only proves the link between the consumption of healthy fats with risk of having a baby with autism and not a causal relationship.
“It should also be understood that the high levels of omega-6 is recommended, but the omega-3 should be met sufficiently. Because high levels of omega-3 does not provide extra benefits,” added the researchers, as quoted from Live Science.
Unfortunately, the researchers were unable to find why omega-3 and omega-6 affect the risk of autism. Researchers also expressed no further analysis is necessary to know about it.
The results were then published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.