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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Ice Cream Can Boost Fertility?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

A study conducted posted on WebMD by Harvard researcher Jorge E. Chavarro, MD, ScD, and colleagues on Feb. 28, 2007 about the unexpected new data link low-fat dairy foods to infertility and high-fat dairy foods to better chances of getting pregnant. The findings come from an eight-year study of 18,555 married female nurses.

Chavarro tells WebMD he was surprised to find that:
A. Women who ate two or extra weekly servings of low-fat dairy foods had an 85% higher risk of ovulation problems than women who ate one or fewer servings every week.

B. Women who ate one or more day by day servings of high-fat dairy foods were 27% less probable to suffer ovulation problems than women who ate one or lesser servings each day.

According to Dr. Chavarro, these findings were unexpected and they certainly were not expecting low-fat dairy to have an effect on ovulation. In addition, he stated that more research needs to be done before recommendations can be made for women. He notes that while high-fat dairy foods seem to increase fertility, even modest servings have this effect. Furthermore, the Chavarro suggests that this should not signal women to get buckets and buckets of ice cream. That would be bad for fertility and bad for their overall health. Although the findings require confirmation, Chavarro is resigned to the fact that some women who want to get pregnant will switch from low-fat to high-fat dairy foods.

Fertility expert Celia Dominguez, MD, assistant university lecturer of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University in Atlanta notes that the majority of the women in the Harvard study were at near-normal weight. Since obesity is a main factor for women with ovulation, she warns overweight women against gorging on ice cream.

Gregory D. Miller, PhD, executive vice president for science and innovation at the National Dairy Council, notes that the Chavarro study linked low-fat dairy foods not to infertility in all-purpose, but only to a exact type of infertility.