Study: Diet can increase chances of having daughters

January 3, 2011 8:22:47 AM PST
A new study suggests mothers who eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and rice may increase their chances of having daughters.

The study was conducted by researchers in the Netherlands. Eighty percent of women in the study gave birth to girls after eating foods rich in calcium and magnesium, plus daily supplements for nine weeks before conception.

They also avoided potatoes, which have a high level of potassium - a mineral believed to increase the chances of conceiving boys.

The researchers caution that other factors, including the time of conception, may have also played a role.