Cutting carbs can help fertility
CUTTING down on carbohydrates can help couples increase their chance of starting a family, say fertility experts.
The British Fertility Society says the food group appears to play a role in conception and egg quality. It follows evidence that a low-carb diet can almost double women’s chances of pregnancy, while too much stodgy food may stop them ovulating.
The latest advice came from British experts at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Geneva.
Dr Gillian Lockwood, of the Midland Fertility Clinic in Tamworth, Staffordshire, said couples are advised to follow a “fertility diet” of one carbohydrate group a day, unlimited lean protein and leafy vegetables. “I tell my patients that if they are going to have toast for breakfast, then that is their carbs for the day,” she said. “They cannot then have a sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner.”
Private clinic Leeds Fertility has also launched a pilot scheme to teach couples about nutrition, including a cooking class with a major focus on carbohydrates. White bread and pasta are banned in favour of wholemeal versions, while muesli or porridge, live natural yoghurt or eggs should replace processed breakfast cereals. The lunchtime sandwich should be ditched for a salad – with biscuits and cakes allowed only as an “occasional” treat.
Foods like white bread are refined carbohydrates, which are simple molecules that break down more quickly in the body, causing a sharp rise in blood sugar. Over time, the body becomes less able to process sugar, leading to possible damage to cells including sperm and a woman’s eggs.
Carbohydrates are also believed to make the lining of the womb less receptive to an embryo. – Daily Mail