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Want a girl child? Quit salt, bananas!

Want a girl child? Then you need to stop eating bananas, reduce your salt intake and go to bed together often, says a new study. Scientists at Maastricht University in Holland have found that a combination of the right food and the timing of sex are the key to a prospective mother's having a girl or a boy child.

world Updated: Sep 05, 2010 13:38 IST

Want a girl child? Then you need to stop eating bananas, reduce your salt intake and go to bed together often, says a new study.

Scientists at Maastricht University in Holland have found that a combination of the right food and the timing of sex are the key to a prospective mother's having a girl or a boy child, the Daily Mail reported.

All longing for a girl child have to refrain from eating sodium and potassium-rich foods, such as olives, bacon, smoked salmon, prawns, savoury rice, potatoes, bread and pastries.

Instead, women should concentrate on foods rich in calcium and magnesium. Foods containing calcium are yoghurt, hard cheese, canned salmon, rhubarb, spinach, tofu, almonds, oatmeal, broccoli and oranges. Brazil and cashew nuts, whole wheat cereals, figs and beans are rich in magnesium.

However, the scientists claim that the father's diet has no effect on what sex the baby will be.

Moreover, if prospective mothers want a daughter, the scientists also recommend having regular sex, but not on days immediately prior or after ovulation.