If You Want a Boy, Load Up on Potassium Rich Foods

September 6, 2010 7 Comments

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!

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7 Comments to “If You Want a Boy, Load Up on Potassium Rich Foods”
  1. ravi says:

    I want a boy and have started eating potassium foods without having to take supplemants. I also have hypothyroidism. What sort off foods should I be eating? Already I am eating sweet potatoe, yams, dried apricots, papaya, I like avocados but am not sure if these are rich in potassium. Please can you help. I have noticed some benefits as well, I urinate frequently and constipation has improved. I’m taking thyroxine 100mg. daily.

  2. Bill says:

    Well, I can tell you that half an avocado has about 350mg of potassium, so it’s a good source. So far as as hypothyroidism, a doctor may well recommend increasing your potassium, as there are links between hypothyroidism and potassium deficiencies. I have thyroxine and potassium suggested for use together as well. But it’s really essential that you ask your doctor about how much potassium you should be getting. If he does, it looks like you are eating the right foods already.

  3. Amber says:

    Whoever conducted that study obviously did not understand basic genetics. The female can only contribute an “X” chromosome. The male is the determining factor for sex, as the male provides either “X” or “Y”. Therefore, it doesn’t matter what actions the female takes, as her egg will not determine the sex of the child.

  4. Bill says:

    Seem like a good point, Amber. And it wasn’t addressed in this study as far as I can see. The author’s bio:

    Annet Noorlander obtained her BSc and MSc degrees in Biology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 1985. She has been working at research and development departments of the Central Institute for Nutrition Research, CIVO-TNO, in Zeist and Quest International in Naarden, The Netherlands, specializing in human nutrition and food chemistry. At present she is a senior consultant at Gender Consult advising parents in applying natural sex selection techniques. Her current research interests include natural sex selection techniques and circumstances that can influence sex ratio.

    And the abstract of the study is at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1472648310005493

    I would be interested to hear her speculation as to exactly how this may work. Maybe it provides a more favorable environment for certain chromosomes.

  5. Naomi says:

    Amber – from what I understand the study argues that females can alter conditions to make their egg more receptive to either the x or the y chromosome (which comes from the male).

  6. Nes says:

    Apparently reducing potassium and sodium and increasing magnesium and calcium makes the ‘environment’ more acidic which favours female not male sperm.

  7. Carol H. says:

    Nes has it exactly backwards. For verification, take a look at antacid tablets that contain calcium! Calcium builds up bones and teeth while acids break them down. Add Change the sentence to read: \"Apparently by increasing intake of potassium and sodium while decreasing intake of calcium and magnesium, you create an acidic body ph which favors the mobility and successful egg-fertilizing capability of male sperm.\"

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