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Diet, You Say? While TTC, Bring on the Fat!
by Cindy Bailey of the Fertile Kitchen™, Mar. 25, 2010
When you talk about a diet, people typically think of eating to lose weight. With a fertility diet, however, losing weight is absolutely not the goal. Eating healthy and wholesome is. So drop that low-fat diet that our culture loves so much, and bring on the fat! Just be sure to make it the healthy kind.
Fat plays an important role in our endocrine function, which regulates the hormones involved in reproduction. It’s where estrogen is manufactured and stored, for example. And fat is also great at satiating our hunger.
You just need to eat the right kinds. That’s right, there are good fats and bad fats.
The worst fat, and the first to eliminate, is trans fat, which is found in many packaged foods, margarine, Crisco and in deep fried foods at restaurants.
These fats — also listed on packaging labels as “hydrogenated oil” or “partially hydrogenated oil” — pose serious health concerns, so check labels and cut them out.
You also need to avoid saturated fats, which are found mostly in meat and dairy products, as they increase harmful LDL cholesterol.
[Read this news story, Trans Fats May Promote Endometriosis]
The good, healthy fats are the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated variety. They have numerous health benefits when eaten in moderation, such as reducing blood pressure, stabilizing blood sugar levels, easing inflammation and boosting fertility.
Avocados, nuts and olive oil are great sources of healthy monounsaturated fats! Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fats that provide essential nutrients and have numerous health benefits. Excellent sources include flaxseeds, walnuts and seafood. Vegetable oils such as olive oil, canola and sunflower oil are another source of "healthy" fats.
So, enjoy your fats (in moderation)! Just be sure to eat the healthy ones.