Are peas linked to infertility?

Infertility is definitely a worrying problem. In Singapore, about 15% of couples do not get pregnant successfully within 12 months of trying to conceive. If you are one of the 15% of Singaporeans who have trouble conceiving, you might want to alter your diet to increase your chances says one nutritionist.

According to the author of the Fertility Diet, Sarah Dobbyn, peas are the enemy of women trying to conceive. She also suggests that eggs, fruit juices, meat, sugar, dairy and alcohol are also bad for fertility. Dobbyn says that the influence of diet on fertility is often overlooked and by making “drastic” changes in their diet, women in their 40s and 50s could increase their chance of having a baby.

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Dobbyn also encourages couples to eat unlimited quantities of beans, pulses, organic herbs, spices and nuts, and raw fruit and vegetables whenever possible. The aim of all this is to apparently help “balance the body’s hormones.”

While Dobbyn’s book will appeal to many couples who have had tried unsuccessfully to have a baby, experts warn against changing your entire life around hoping for a miracle.

“We tend to create a lot of guilt in people these days,” Professor Bill Ledger, a fertility expert from Sheffield University, told Telegraph.co.uk. “The worry is that some gullible young woman will read this book and start living that life and miss out on a lot of fun and normality.

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However, author Fern Reiss also says peas are linked to infertility. Reiss, who studied cooking and nutrition at the Culinary Institute of America and the Kushi Institute for Macrobiotic Studies, writes in her book, The Infertility Diet that peas “seem to contain a national contraceptive (m-xylohydroquinine) which interferes with estrogen and progestrone: In a study of rats fed 20% of their diet in peas, litter sizes were reduced and 30% had no offspring.”

Since there has been no conclusive evidence linking peas to infertility, it is best to talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

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