Having trouble getting pregnant? You might try eating more ice cream and butter. According to a new US study, eating full-fat dairy foods like butter and ice cream every day can improve fertility in women.
Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, followed 18,555 married, premenopausal women aged between 24 and 42, with no history of infertility, who were either trying to become pregnant or became pregnant over an 8 year period from 1991 to 1999.
The study showed that women who ate more than two portions a day of low fat dairy foods were 85 per cent more likely to be infertile due to ovulatory disorders than those who only ate it less than once a week.
Conversely they found that women who ate full-fat dairy foods, including ice cream, more than once per day had a 25 per cent reduced risk of infertility due to ovulatory disorders compared to those who ate full-fat dairy foods only once a week.
Good news on this Fat Tuesday! Think I'll have extra butter on my toast and cream instead of milk in my coffee.
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