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A British study concludes if you eat more breakfast cereal, you'll have a boy. But some researchers on this side of the pond say it's a bunch of baloney.

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Can eating breakfast cereal determine the sex of your baby?

A debate over that question in a British scientific journal shows why some observational studies should be taken with a big shaker of salt.

The original study, "You Are What Your Mother Eats," in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, made headlines around the world last April. Researchers at Exeter and Oxford universities asked 740 pregnant women to record what they ate during pregnancy and just before. Not surprisingly, their diets during pregnancy had no correlation with their babies' gender.

But 56% of women who consumed the most calories before conception gave birth to boys, compared with 45% of those who consumed the least. Of 132 individual foods tracked, breakfast cereal was the most significantly linked with baby boys.

How could that be? The authors said animal studies also found male offspring are more common in times of plenty; they speculated that higher glucose levels in mothers may favor the survival of male embryos, which are slightly heavier than females.

Baloney, said some U.S. statisticians, who suspected the finding was simply a false association that can occur by chance in a large set of data.

Are you buying it?


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50 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous January 28, 2009, 8:16 PM

I eat a lot of cereal…I’m talking all three meals sometimes… I have a boy…

brenda January 28, 2009, 9:13 PM

i remember loving cereal when pregnant…golden grahms….i also have a boy! how weird.

Amanda January 29, 2009, 12:24 AM

Im 22 weeks pregnant and I love cereal….and I have a boy!

Jenee' January 29, 2009, 9:19 AM

I eat cereal at least once a day, I have two boys.

ashley January 29, 2009, 9:25 AM

I ate alot of toast when I was pregnant with my son. And tons of cereal when pregnant with my daughter. I would wake up in the night to eat a bowl and then go to work early in the morning and eat like 3 of those little boxes, then another one in the afternoon.

Alison January 29, 2009, 10:21 AM

I got pregnant right after my wedding. Before my wedding I was on a very very low calorie diet so that I would fit into my dress. I have a girl so this study may be true.

Ingrid Johnston January 29, 2009, 10:30 PM

I eat cereal for breakfast and as snacks throughout the day. I am not overweight but a healthy size 10. I love cereal, bananas and coffee. I am a big coffee drinker. I have 3 young boys. Perhaps there is something to be said for the study.

jess May 19, 2009, 1:05 PM

i eat cereal once every day.
i have a boy.
i guess if i want a girl i’ll have to give up cereal for awhile!

Brandy Clark June 6, 2009, 7:37 PM

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