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Your TTC Diet: Fertility and the Sexy Avocado
by Cindy Bailey of the Fertile Kitchen™, Mar. 8, 2010
If you’ve been on the fertility journey long enough, I’m sure you’ve heard that avocados are THE fertility food. What is it about this fruit that makes it so? It’s sexy, womanly shape? Actually, the Aztecs used avocado as a sex stimulant, considering it an aphrodisiac, based primarily on how avocados appeared on the tree (as two testicles). Kid you not.
But, really, here’s why avocados are so fertility friendly: First, they’re packed with folic acid, a type of B vitamin that helps boost fertility in both men and women. Folic acid also helps prevent neural tube defects at birth. You want to get lots of folate.
Second, they’re high in monounsaturated fat. That’s the good, healthy kind of fat, the type that helps lower cholesterol. Fat plays a very important role in our endocrine system, which regulates the hormones involved in reproduction. Estrogen, for example, is manufactured and stored in fat, so you want to get your fat in, just make it the healthy kind, which is the mono- and poly-unsaturated varieties. (More on that in another blog.)
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Finally, avocados contain good enzymes which aid digestion and, when you’re trying to conceive, anything you do to lessen the impact on digestion helps!
Avocados are also high in fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar levels, and are filled with other great nutrients, such as potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
Does that mean you’ll be more fertile if you start eating ten avocados a day? Well, no, you don’t want to OD on it! It’s important to keep your diet balanced with everything else in it. But that does mean you can give a hearty YES to healthy versions of a great happy hour favorite: guacamole.
What do I mean by healthy versions? I mean make it yourself with fresh, ripened, organic avocados. Peel the skin off, put it in a bowl and throw in some diced onions and tomatoes, a squeeze or two of lemon and some salt — nothing artificial — and mush it all together with a fork. Some leave the big pit in with the guacamole to help with the oxidation that occurs on the surface. Then grab the wheat-free crackers or all-natural, healthy chips and dig in, knowing that it’s really good for your health and reproduction.