If You Want a Boy, Load Up on Potassium Rich FoodsSeptember 6, 2010
If you want a girl, though, cut back on potassium rich foods, and instead load up on foods with calcium and magnesium.
At least those are the conclusions of a study conducted at the University of Maastrich in Holland. The study covered 172 women over a five-year period. All women were Western European, and all were aged between 23 and 42 years old. The women had all previously given birth to only boys – and one of the women, in fact, already had four boys. The scientists theorized that a diet low in potassium and sodium rich foods, but high in calcium and magnesium rich foods, would encourage the birth of a girl. The timing of sex was also important. Frequent sexual intercourse, but not immediately before or after ovulation, was recommended.
Of the 172 women, only 21 were able to stick to the rather strict diet for the 5 year study, making the ultimate sample a bit too small to really be definitive of anything, though. However, it did give us something to chew on. Of those 21 women who completed the study, 16 of them gave birth to girls. That’s a success rate of almost 80%. So if you’re looking for a girl, you’ll have to cut way back on dairy and other potassium/sodium rich foods, and start getting more magnesium and calcium. Keep it up for few years, and have regular sex – except around ovulation. Since fewer than 15% of the women who agreed to try this couldn’t do it, it won’t be easy!