Treating yourself to something, including a burger and fries from the fast food restaurant, doesn't hurt. However, the results of an Australian study suggest that regular consumption of fast food can have a negative effect on a woman's fertility. What's up?
The study by the Robinson Research Institute of the University of Adelaide in Australia, published in the journal "Human Reproduction", focused in its investigations on the influence of diet on the reproductive capacity of women. They asked 5.598 pregnant women between the ages of 18 and 43 years according to their eating habits and specifically focused on the period immediately before pregnancy. The test subjects were also asked to indicate how long it took until they became pregnant.
The results of the study showed that women who ate four or more servings of fast food per week took an average of one month longer to successfully conceive than women who ate it less often. The results also showed that women who only ate fruit one to three times a month also became pregnant 15 days later than women who ate fruit three times a day regularly.
Fast food can lead to infertility
Some of the women who took part in the study were even classified as infertile because they only became pregnant after more than a year. The researchers concluded that the risk of infertility in the test subjects who had eaten the least amount of fruit was 8 to 12 percent, and in those who had regularly eaten fast food, as much as 16 percent.
The reason for this, according to the researchers, is the increased fatty acids that fast food lovers have in their blood and that have a negative impact on the quality of the egg cells. Fast food is also rich in fat, sugar and salt, which can explain an altered metabolism.
The father's diet was not taken into account
The results of the study should be viewed with caution in two ways. On the one hand, the researchers focused their research on only two aspects of nutrition, namely fatty foods and fruits. And even when the researchers took into account factors such as the mother's age, whether she is a smoker or not, how much alcohol she consumed, or how high her body mass index was, they left out one important factor: the father. Because lifestyle and diet are also guaranteed to have an impact on how quickly or whether a woman becomes pregnant.
Sources (in English):
- University of Adelaide
- Oxford University Press (OUP)
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