Eating Fast Food Linked to Fertility Issues

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A new study indicates there is a link between eating fast food and the length of time it takes for a woman to become pregnant. 340 of the 5598 participants had received fertility treatments prior to conception, though the bulk of the women (5258) had received none. "This new research supports the growing body of evidence that a nutritious diet is one of the most important strategies that a couple can employ to optimise their fertility", said Ms McGrice.

The study found that women who ate more fast food and less fruit were less likely to conceive within a year.

The Screening for Pregnancy Endpoints (SCOPE) study included 5,258 women in the early stages of their first pregnancy, most of whom (94%) conceived without any fertility treatment.

Midwives looking after these women were instructed to interview them about their diet in the month before they conceived and to record how long it took the women to get pregnant once they started trying. Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant after one year, WFAA reports.

Professor Claire Roberts explained, "The findings show that eating a good quality diet that includes fruit and minimising fast food consumption improves fertility and reduces the time it takes to get pregnant". However, among women with the lowest intake of fruit, the risk of infertility increased from 8% to 12%.

Well, there's some bad news on the horizon, because new research from the University of Adelaide has revealed that women who eat jun food take a lot longer to fall pregnant than those who eat fresh fruit and veggies regularly instead.

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Researchers at the University of Adelaide's Robinson Research Institute asked nearly 5600 women in Australia, New Zealand, Britain and Ireland about their diet. Women who ate fruit three or more times a day, for example, became pregnant half a month sooner than women who ate fruit only a few times in a month. Essentially, fast food consumption might actually have been underreported, the researchers say.

The takeaway message of the study is that switching to a healthier diet can help women who want to conceive.

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.

Observational studies like this can't prove cause and effect - many personal, health and lifestyle factors may influence a woman's chances of getting pregnant.

Finally, only a very small number of the women had fertility problems, and further dividing them according to their diet resulted in such small numbers that the likelihood of findings arising by chance was higher.