Is Ice Cream Good for Fertility?
on Oct 18, 2013
by Dr. Christine Lee, MD
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Especially pregnant women. And now we know that ice cream just might be good for fertility!
It might seem too good to be true. It’s long been one of the top cravings of pregnant women everywhere, but new research shows that ICE CREAM, of all things, might actually be good for fertility! Read on for the scoop (pun intended!) on this exciting news! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Harvard researcher Jorge Chavarro, MD, conducted a study of 18,555 married female nurses over an eight year period. The results of the study were surprising, even to Dr. Chavarro himself. The study found that women who ate more than two servings per week of low fat dairy products had an 85% HIGHER risk of ovulation problems than women who ate less low fat dairy products. Even more, women who ate one or more servings of FULL FAT dairy products per day actually were found to be 27% LESS LIKELY to suffer from ovulation issues than women who ate less than one full fat dairy serving per day.
Dr. Chavarro says that even he was surprised when the study results showed that women who eat full fat dairy products have fewer ovulation problems than women who eat low fat dairy products.
“These findings were unexpected. We certainly were not expecting low-fat dairy to have an effect on ovulation,” Chavarro says. “Clearly more research needs to be done before recommendations can be made for women.”
This study is likely to take women’s food recommendations for fertility in a whole new direction. Many women turn to low fat dairy products as a way to stay healthy and keep fit. However, this study indicates that using those low fat products might actually hurt fertility and that is alarming. Women will have to find a balance somewhere between low fat for fitness and full fat for fertility. Of course, Dr. Chavarro also warns that this isn’t a free ticket to eat a gallon of full fat ice cream in order to get pregnant. Women should still eat full fat dairy in moderation.
Of course, to fully understand and interpret the findings of the study, more research will need to be done in this area. Doctors are reluctant to recommend that women eat more full fat dairy because this can lead to obesity, but they don’t want to recommend low fat dairy either, since it can lead to ovulation issues apparently. It will remain to be seen what doctors begin to recommend after the research is done.
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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).