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Mediterranean Diet Once Hailed As the Best Found to Increase Risk of Fertility, Experts Claim

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Fresh veggies and fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, and fish are staples in the Mediterranean diet.Alex Raths/iStock

The Mediterranean diet is based on the eating patterns of people in the Mediterranean region. It is mainly composed of fish, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains. However, this popular diet considered to be the “best” may not be 100% safe. But experts warn that this diet could cause infertility.

 

Mediterranean Diet pyramid

Living the Mediterranean Lifestyle (Photo: American Society for Nutrition)

 

Mediterranean Diet Pyramid

According to the American Society for Nutrition, the Mediterranean diet was discovered and not invented. Ancel Keys of the University of Minnesota discovered it in the 1950s while studying the health of poor populations in Southern Italy. Compared to the health of the wealthy in New York, he found that Italian populations had lower levels of cholesterol and coronary heart disease.

The Mediterranean can be organized in a pyramid style, wherein the topmost is the least eaten food. For instance, meats and sweets are at the top and should be eaten less often. This is followed by poultry, cheese, egg, and yogurt.

Meanwhile, fish and seafood are recommended to eat at least twice a week. Then for fruits, vegetables, olive oil, nuts, whole wheat, bread, and pasta, are recommended to be eaten every day. More so, exercise and physical activity is given emphasis to accomplish also every day.

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Does Mediterranean Diet Cause Infertility? If so, Why?

A new study by a team of experts from the University of Oslo in Norway suggests that the Mediterranean diet could potentially harm fertility when not done properly.

The Sun reported that the study tested 27 British students who had a healthy Mediterranean diet and a typical Western diet. They found that urine samples of participants have higher levels of chemicals when they eat the Mediterranean diet due to the pesticide and organophosphate.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) from pesticides are known to mimic natural hormones and block them, which could affect fertility, immunity, and puberty. It is also linked to health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

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