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Thanksgiving Foods Made Fertility Friendly
a blog by Julie Monacelli, November 28, 2013
Without fail, Thanksgiving brings food to your table that you otherwise might not eat all year long. So, I wondered which foods you could take an extra serving of, and which ones you or your partner might want to skip. As it turns out, I can make almost all of your foods guilt free when it comes to fertility!
Turkey falls into the lean animal protein section, which is fully of blood building iron. Turkey should be eaten in moderation though, since excessive animal protein may decrease fertility. No more than three servings are recommended. Potatoes are complex carbs, which keep blood sugar stable. Stuffing, corn bread, rolls and croissants are all simple carbohydrates that cause a rapid spike in blood sugar. Spikes in blood sugar levels lead to decreased fertility. Eating these in moderation is recommended. Squash, green beans or any of your other favorite holiday vegetables contain fiber which keeps the digestion of the food at a relatively steady pace. This prevents rapid spikes in blood sugar. Whole grain foods often include nutrients, such as folic acid, that prevent birth defects.
Pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene, the same nutrient found in carrots which were recently found to improve sperm mobility and morphology.
Fatty fish, like salmon, sardines and herring contain Omega 3 fatty acids may help regulate spikes in reproductive hormones. If you just aren’t a fish person, flax, almonds and pumpkin seeds might be a great alternative. (That’s right, you can have your pumpkin pie and should eat the seeds too!!!)
Blueberries, raspberries and cranberries contain phytochemicals and antioxidants which are good for anti-aging and egg quality. During the cooking process, some nutrients will be lost from these foods. If you can eat them fresh, this is best. However, when choosing between a high sugar dessert and a berry pie, you can safely call the pie healthier. Even better, put a dab of full-fat ice cream next to it. Full fat dairy has been shown to increase fertility health.
Oh, and oysters… whether eaten alone or in an oyster dressing, are considered to be an aphrodisiac. (I just found a reason to choke down those snot-like creatures. And, now I have to figure out how to sneak them into my husbands food!!!)
Enjoy your holiday meal!