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London: This may not ring a great year in for Indian females!

In a country that is haunted by female infanticide, the news that there may be a vegetable-baby’s sex link is not welcome at all, but then what can you do?

Want to have a daughter? Well, then go on a fruit and vegetable diet, say Dutch scientists.

They found that women could increase their chances of giving birth to a girl by consuming food with high levels of calcium and magnesium, such as green vegetables, in the weeks before conception.

Of a group of women who followed a diet drawn up by the researchers, 80 per cent went on to have daughters.