Fast Food Slows Chances Of Getting Pregnant, Study Finds
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A new study is reporting, that women who want to get pregnant fast, might have a hard time if they consume fast food and not enough fruit.
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A study released on Friday in the medical journal, Human Reproduction, analyzed the diets of over five thousand women in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland.
Claire Roberts, from the University Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute in Australia, said the results showed that women, who eat processed and fast food more than 50% of the week, took nearly four weeks longer to become pregnant, than their peers who didn’t consume as much fast food.
For the study, ‘Fast Food’, was defined as eating at restaurants only, and didn’t include eating home-cooked food that would be the same.
Yet, not surprisingly, women who consumed fruit three times a day become pregnant much faster than those who ate the same amount of fruit, but over a longer period, of a month.
Researchers determined women who ate the least amount of fruit increased their risk of infertility from eight to twelve percent and women who ate fast food four or more times a week increased their risk from 8% to 16%. Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant after one year.
Professor Claire Roberts, 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.”
It was noted, that the women in the study did not have a history of infertility, or reported problems of conceiving in the past.
First author Dr Jessica Grieger, post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Adelaide, said: “We recommend that women who want to become pregnant should align their dietary intakes towards national dietary recommendations for pregnancy. Our data shows that frequent consumption of fast foods delays time to pregnancy.”
The researchers are continuing their work and plan to identify particular dietary patterns, rather than individual food groups, that may be associated with how long it takes women to become pregnant.