Women these days take longer to get pregnant because they’re avoiding fruit, or eating too much junk food, a study has found.
Study says women who ate fewer than three pieces of fruit a month took 50 % longer to conceive than women who ate fruit three or more times a month,by Australian researchers.
Junk food consumption was also analysed, and women who rarely ate fast food got pregnant a month quicker, on average than women who ate fast food four times a week or more.
While the intake of fruit and fast foods affected the time it took to get pregnant, the researchers found intake of green leafy vegetables or fish did not.
However they added there were also many myths about fertility, including the suggestion that fruit should be avoided.
When researchers looked at the impact of diet on infertility, they found that in women with the lowest intake of fruit, the risk of infertility increased from 8 per cent to 12 per cent, and in those who ate fast food four or more times a week, the risk of infertility increased from 8 per cent to 16 per cent.
Professor Claire Roberts, of the University of Adelaide, who led the study, said: “These findings show that eating a good quality diet that includes fruit and minimizing fast food consumption improves fertility and reduces the time it takes to get pregnant.”
“This study demonstrates that fruit consumption is not only safe, but beneficial for most women to optimize their fertility.”