The fast foods women consume could be tied to their risk of infertility. In particular, women who consume fast foods are most likely to take longer to become pregnant compared to their counterparts who rarely eat “junk food” or “fast food”, a study has revealed.
In simple terms, fertility refers to the natural ability to conceive and produce offspring. Remember, one’s ability to conceive is determined by genetic makeup, medical status, age, lifestyle, etc. While we may not control some of these factors, certain elements (like dietary choices and lifestyle)are well within our control.
The Shocking Study
In the study, women who took fast foods four or more times a week took almost a month longer to conceive than their counterparts who generally avoided such meals. The study sampled 5,598 mothers from the UK, New Zealand, and Australia.
2,204 (39%) of the women sampled for the study conceived one month after they had started having sex without contraception. In comparison, 8% remained infertile and failed to become pregnant after 12 months of sexual activity.
Statistically, the study showed that the women who rarely or never partook in fast foods only had an 8% infertility risk while their counterparts who consumed such meals showed a 16% risk.
Fast Foods Are Likely To Have More Sugar and Sodium
In essence, fast foods have high concentrations of sugar, fat, and sodium. While there is no strong relationship between these dietary components and fertility, studies in mice have shown that high-fat diets impose toxic effects on the ovaries.
In particular, the study revealed that the risk of infertility increased with age and could be execrated by other factors like stress, unhealthy dieting, obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, over-exercising, and having sexually transmitted diseases.
Is the Study Genuinely Shocking?
The study is far from shocking. The truth is that fast food producers have one strong incentive, keep fast food customers coming back regularly. At the same time, fast food customers have a simple expectation from fast food producers, create meals as quickly as possible.
Of course, it should be quick but it has to be delicious as well. What is more pleasant than sugar, fat, and sodium? Well, additional chemicals that fast food firms add to make the food taste better and last for a longer period of time. It is hard to resist fast food but to answer the call of fast food regularly likely means sacrificing your health for instant pleasure.