Trying to Make A Baby? Don’t Eat Meat

There is a lot of advice out there for couples having trouble conceiving a baby. But this one may be new:

Don’t eat meat.

According to The Wall Street Journal, a new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that “couples with higher levels of certain mostly banned chemicals, such as PCBs, in their blood took longer to get pregnant.”

How can couples avoid these chemicals? NIH News reports the answer: “By removing and avoiding the fat of meat and fish, and by limiting the consumption of animal products,” according to “the study’s first author, Germaine Buck Louis, Ph.D., Director of Epidemiology, Statistics, and Prevention Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at NIH.” (Interestingly, The Wall Street Journal’s report left out any mention of avoiding animal products, raising the question of just whose pocket it is in.)

The presence of banned chemicals in animal products doesn’t necessarily mean that companies are still using them. “They are part of a category of chemicals known as persistent organochlorine pollutants” that “are resistant to decay, and may persist in the environment for decades.” Some of them “accumulate in fatty tissues.” Animals pick them up because they linger “in soil, water, and in the food chain.”

It looks like couples who are “trying” should change their diet in addition to changing from briefs to boxers.

This isn’t the first study to find that eating animal products harms our health. NIH weighs in again to report on a study earlier this year that “adds to the evidence that eating red meat on a regular basis may shorten your lifespan.”

Fox News reported that a study this year “suggests the cholesterol in egg yolks is almost as dangerous as smoking cigarettes” because it “increased plaque buildup approximately two-thirds as much as smoking would.”

The article cited a registered dietician who said that “people should have no more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day.” Animal products are the only source of cholesterol. No plants contain it. And you don’t need to eat any of it at all — our bodies create it themselves.

Dairy products — including cheese, ice cream, milk, butter, and yogurt — contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and are the number one source of saturated fat in the diet,” according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. They “can increase the risk of heart disease,” stress fractures, “prostate and breast cancer,” and more.

So if you want to conceive, and then live to a ripe old age to see your children grown, it might help to take a look at what you’re eating.

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97 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Melissa L.
Melissa L3 years ago

Great info! Thanks for sharing

Jacqueline S.
Jacqueline S3 years ago

Eating a healthy diet which included meat led to five children, conceived in a normal amount of time. Please push the healthy aspect, not necessarily a meat-free one. That is a person's individual choice and the doctor's are once again jumping on the fad wagon! Ask Grandma if she ate meat.

rene davis
irene davis3 years ago

Thank you.

Dee C.
Dee C3 years ago

I think its important to eat right..certainly try to eat as healthy as one can..Meat..fish..poultry..veggies,,grains..and so on..And certainly if one can eat these things from a more natural source..And even better without all of the additives..chemicals..and garbage that is put into our food supply..be it veggie or meat..

But what the hell this has to do with making and or having babies is absolutely absurd..

Diane L.
Diane L3 years ago

WHO is "Anima C"????? Actually, children are "made" thru the simplest of sexual contact and it often has nothing to do with "love". Eating meat is also not the factor this silly article makes it out to be by any stretch of the imagination. Even "waist size" is not that much of a factor or obese women could probably have difficulty conceiving. I've read articles that imply obese women not only do not have any more difficulty conceiving than their "fit" counterparts, just that if they are extremely obese, then maybe giving birth could be problematic. I've often wondered how (thinking of it in logistical logic) an extremely obese woman could even have sex, but then I guess the human body is amazingly agile if need be. An obese man would also face similar "logistical" problems. Since I do not fall into that category, it's just one I've wondered about. I've heard obese women sometimes don't know they're pregnant because they are so overweight to begin with, a pregnancy doesn't make that much difference.

Loesje vB
Loesje Najoan3 years ago

Anima C. says : Kids are made with love, not with meat. These statement make me smile....:)

Brandon Van Every

"The study did not take into account factors such as exercise, waist size and genetics."

Diane L.
Diane L4 years ago

Stathi, surely you jest! If you come into articles like this to get medical or nutritional advice, you're going to end up either very sick or dead. This article is so full of nonsense, it was a waste of effort for the writer to post it. You "needed knowledge" so read this piece of trash and believed it? Sad.

nick a.
Nico Smart4 years ago

Not eating fish or meat is a miserable way to starve to death.