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  1. Geophagy during pregnancy will be most common in populations that do not practice dairying or do not consume dairy products (534).Wiley, Andrea S. - Geophagy in pregnancy: a test of a hypothesis, 1998 - 2 Variables

    Geophagy during pregnancy has been proposed to fulfill a number of adaptive functions, including relieving gastrointestinal distress, detoxification of the secondary compounds found in plant foods, and providing a supplementary source of minerals such as calcium. Using a sample of 60 African populations, the authors investigate geophagy during pregnancy in a cross-cultural perspective, emphasizing variation between dairying and non-dairying populations.

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