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Nothing Forbidding About Them: Eating apples during pregnancy helps reduce asthma risk in children.

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Apples don't just help people discover gravity or keep doctors away. They're a sweet, delicious source of nutrition and researchers keep finding new ways apples deliver health benefits.

So moms-to-be, this one's for you: apples are associated with lower rates of childhood asthma in five-year-old if their mothers ate apples during pregnancy. Other fruits were included in the study, but apples were the only one found to have an effect. Why? Apples deliver a particular combination of phytochemicals, such as flavonoids, that seem to have this beneficial effect.

Childhood asthma is on the rise in most Western countries and it's the most common long-term condition in Great Britain, where the study was conducted. Not coincidentally, apple consumption there has fallen over the past 30 years. So eat more apples!

Are you a dessert person? You're in luck! Try my ChefMD®-approved recipe for Apple Crisp with Sweet Cinnamon and Walnuts. You'll get the delicious, tart sweetness and all the goodness of the apples, while lowering the chances your little bun in the oven will suffer from childhood asthma. Cinnamon and walnuts provide additional flavor and a host of healthy benefits of their own as well. So you can be a caring mom-to-be while enjoying a delicious dessert! How's that for a sweet combination?

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