U.S. researchers surveyed about 18,000 mothers and found that those who ate foods rich in linoleic acid had a 34% lower risk of having a child with autism. The study in the Journal of American Epidemiology also showed that low prenatal intake of omega-3 fatty acids was associated with a 53% higher chance of having a child with autism. Researchers found only an association, and could not prove causality, between fatty acid intake and autism risk, and recommended more testing be done.

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