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Avocados May Increase Chance of Couples Conceiving with IVF
by Alice Stanton
Mom always said to eat your greens, and it looks like she was right, because for women looking to conceive through in vitro fertilization (IVF), there's one green produce item that may be especially helpful: avocados! They're a sodium and cholesterol-free fruit that only contains five grams of fat per serving, most of which is monounsaturated. Consuming this kind of fat is reported to triple a woman's likelihood of pregnancy through IVF, according to a new study presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.
Monounsaturated Fats May Improve Fertility
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed the fat intake of approximately 150 women undergoing IVF and found that prospective moms who ate the most monounsaturated fat - found in Mediterranean foods such as avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds - were 3.4 times more likely to conceive when compared to those who ate the lowest amounts.
Monounsaturated fats are known to protect the heart and may improve fertility by helping to decrease the amount of inflammation in the body. However, since the study was small, the results need to be duplicated before eating lots of creamy avocados can be professionally recommended.
"Different types of fat are known to have different effects on biological processes, which may influence the outcome of assisted reproduction - such as underlying levels of inflammation or insulin sensitivity," said Jorge Chavarro, the lead author of the study. "However, it is not clear at this moment which biological mechanisms underlie the associations we found."
Liven Up Your Dinner with a Ripe Avocado!
One of the best things about avocados is that they are incredibly versatile, which makes them easy to integrate into any meal. Yes, they are delicious mashed up in guacamole, but that's not the only way to enjoy them! Let's start with breakfast. You can take a nice ripe avocado, spread it on your toast and eat it with eggs. Not to mention, they're great in breakfast burritos.
For lunch, chop an avocado up and put it in a salad or in a sandwich. They'll spice up even the blandest cold cuts.
Finally for dinner, you can get creative and try a nice recipe put together by the California Avocado Commission: smoke an avocado, and slice it fairly small and toss it with quinoa, tomato, cucumber, parsley, garlic and some lemon.
Do you know any delicious recipes with avocados that expectant moms would love? What are your thoughts on monounsaturated fats improving the chance of conceiving with IVF? Leave your answers in the comments section!