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According To A Study, Eating Fast Food Harms The Chances Of Women Getting Pregnant And Increased Infertility

    Abdulaziz Sobh
    By Abdulaziz Sobh

    Categories: Health


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    Women who eat less fruit and more fast food are less likely to conceive within a year and are more likely to experience infertility, according to a new study.For the study, published Friday in the peer-reviewed medical journal Human Reproduction, the researchers analyzed diets of 5,598 women in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland.The team, led by Professor Claire Roberts of the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide in Australia, found that women who eat fast food four or more times a week took almost a month to become pregnant. Fast food was defined as items purchased in fast food restaurants and did not include fast food items bought in supermarkets, such as pizza. Therefore, the general consumption of fast food may not have been reported, according to the researchers.Women who ate fruit three or more times a day increased the chances of getting pregnant quickly. Women who ate fruit less than one to three times a month took another half month to conceive, the study found. The researchers determined that women who ate the least amount of fruit increased the risk of infertility from 8% to 12% and women who ate the food quickly four or more times per week increased their risk from 8% to 16%. Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant after one year."We recommend that women who want to get pregnant should align their dietary intakes with the national dietary recommendations for pregnancy," said first author Jessica Grieger in a statement. "Our data show that frequent consumption of fast foods delays the time until pregnancy."Eating green leafy vegetables and fish did not seem to affect the time conceived.Data on pre-pregnancy diet were collected retrospectively during the first prenatal visit and information on the father's diet was not part of the study, both factors could have influenced the conclusions. The team plans to further study dietary patterns and their relationship to conception."For any evaluation of dietary intake, it is necessary to have some caution as to whether the memory of the participant is an accurate reflection of the dietary intake," Grieger said. "However, since many women do not change their diet from pre-pregnancy to during pregnancy, we believe that withdrawal from women's diet one month before pregnancy is reasonable."