Women who eat junk food take longer to become pregnant

Women who eat junk food take longer to become pregnant

Women who eat junk food take longer to become pregnant

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Following a recent study from Harvard University study suggesting that heavy consumption of junk food decreases sperm counts (we covered it here), there is a new study from Australia suggesting that junk food is linked to infertility problems in women as well.

The researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute found that women who eat less fruits and vegetable and vast amounts of junk food take longer to get pregnant and have low chances to conceive within a year.

During the study the researchers asked 5,598 women living in the UK, Australia and New Zealand about their food preferences and every day diet. Compared to women who ate vegetable and fruits regularly before conception, women who ate processed and junk food four or more times a week took a month longer to become pregnant. The results were published in Human Reproduction, one of the most recognized medicine journals.

Professor Claire Roberts, who led the study, said: “The findings show that eating a good quality diet that includes fruit and minimizing fast food consumption improves fertility and reduces the time it takes to get pregnant.”

First author Dr Jessica Grieger, post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Adelaide, said: “We recommend that women who want to become pregnant or undergo IVF treatment should align their dietary intakes towards national dietary recommendations for pregnancy. Our data shows that frequent consumption of fast foods delays time to pregnancy.”

Interestingly, another research from Adelaide University showed that women who consume a lot of junk food during pregnancy may program their kids to crave the same foods and become obese. Research in rats found rodents who ate fatty and sugary foods before conception, during pregnancy and while breastfeeding had offspring that preferred similar foods. In addition to that, they were twice as fat as the offspring of rats exposed to good nutrition and had an increased risk of developing metabolic diseases later in life.

 

Photo from The Bump

Based on the article by University of Adelaide

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