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Does Eating Meat Lead to Fertility Problems?

Does Eating Meat Lead to Fertility Problems?


Having a hard time getting pregnant? You may be able to  blame Monsanto for that. That’s because a group of chemicals manufactured by the “world’s worst company” have been linked to fertility issues.

A preliminary study released today by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that, for every increase in exposure the researchers pinpointed, the odds of a longer conception period increased by at least 18%.

For nearly 50 years, the agri-business giant was the sole North American  producer of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyl. The nasty pollutant contaminated water, soil and the food chain. Though PCBs have been banned for more than three decades in the United States,  the hardy chemicals  still persist today. And, unless you live close to a site contaminated with PCBs, chances are that you were exposed to the chemical through your diet. More specifically, you consumption of fish and animal fat.

If you’re concerned about your exposure to PCBs and its impact on your fertility, heed the advice of the study’s first author, Dr. Germaine Buck Lewis: “limit [your] exposure by removing and avoiding the fat of meat and fish, and by limiting the consumption of animal products.”

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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1:13PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

I wouldn´t be surprised

9:10PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

I will share this with everyone I know who is interested in getting pregnant or trying to have children.

3:57PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Passed this on to a friend after reading it. She and I are both still not pregnant after over a year of trying. Wonder if it is because of meat. I dont eat much of it... not sure about her. Keeping this in mind

11:09PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Thank you

4:09PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

I think this title and article over-simplifies a far more complex issue. I've concluded, everything is so polluted, as mentioned in the article, that it's not worth the worry. we are all going to die, it's only a matter of when and where.

7:35PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

everything in moderation

8:48AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

How many kids in the world and How many of their mums ate meat??? There's your answer.

12:27AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

I dont' think so, but yes we have to be vigilant on the food that we eat because a lots of chemical today mixed on food as preservatives, it makes food unhealthy.

11:54PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

This article is interesting. This is a wake-up call to watch what we eat and if one could endeavour planting fruits and vegetables in their backyard for their health welfare, why not.

1:57AM PST on Nov 20, 2012


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