Scientists said women who eat a lot of fast food would experience a delay in conception. According to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Human Reproduction,’ people who eat fast food such as burgers, pizza and deep-fried chicken four or more times a week compared to those who never or rarely touched the stuff took an extra month to become pregnant.
The study showed that good diet increased the chances of conception. Prof. Claire Roberts, from the University of Adelaide, Australia, who led the study, said: “These 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.”
In a previous study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health also linked poor diet with infertility. In the previous study, researchers worked for eight years with 17,544 women who did not have infertility history and were trying to become pregnant. The goal of the long-term study was to find the link between the ovulatory disorder and certain food choices and lifestyle.
The scientists after paying attention to lifestyle factors including the consumption of monounsaturated fats, vegetable protein, carbohydrates with low glycemic index and other nutrients, found that increased popularity of ‘fertility diets’ may be positively related to lowering the risk of ovulatory disorder and consequent infertility. In the new study, the researchers quizzed 5,598 women in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland about what they had eaten in the month before they became pregnant with their first child.
Similarly, they asked the women how often they ate fruits, green leafy vegetables and fish, as well as foods, such as burgers, pizza, fried chicken and chips, from fast food outlets.
The study found those who ate fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer to get pregnant than those who never or rarely ate. (New Telegraph)