Harvard study suggests ice cream aids fertility for some women.
A diet rich in ice cream and other high-fat dairy foods may lower the risk of one type of infertility; a study from the well-known Nurses Health Study at the Harvard School of Public Health was published in the European journal Human Reproduction.
Researchers found that women who ate two or more low-fat dairy products a day were nearly twice as likely to have trouble conceiving because of lack of ovulation than women who ate less than one serving of low-fat dairy foods a week.
They found that women eating whole fat ice cream two or more times a week had a 38% increase of fertility than women consuming ice cream less than once a week.
Hallelujah! It is funny that this study just came out a couple of hours ago. This entire last week I have been making “fertility milkshakes”, craving the calcium and fat. Now there is a study that proves it. This is just as great as the day we found out dark chocolate has more antioxidants than blueberries!
Why this does not surprise me:
Fat is essential in the manufacturing of hormones. If you are eating a low-fat diet, there could be issues with ovulation due to lack of progesterone. The women who were eating low fat diets had higher chances of not ovulating, while the women eating real ice cream are having fertility success.
What does this mean? Am I allowed to eat ice cream now?
Yes, but under two suggestions. Eat organic dairy products. I know it costs more but you are worth it. And of course, eating ice cream should be a part of a complete Nutrient Dense Fertility Diet.
And two, Make it healthy by sneaking in some other fertility goodies.
Hethir’s Fertility Milkshake
1 C. Stoneyfield’s Organic Gotta Have Vanilla Ice Cream
1 C. Raw organic whole milk
2 scoops Fertilica Whey
1T. flax oil/evening primrose – flax from ovulation to period. Evening primrose from day 1 of period to ovulation.
Blend in blender and enjoy!
- Harvard Health Publishing. (n.d.). Follow The Fertility Diet? Retrieved from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/follow-fertility-diet
- Nurses’ Health Studies. (2016, August 16). Retrieved from: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/nurses-health-study/
- Chavarro, JE, Rich-Edwards, JW, Rosner, B and Willett, WC. (2007). A prospective study of dairy foods intake and anovulatory infertility. Hum Reprod. 2007;22:1340–1347. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17329264