Women trying for a baby are being advised to avoid takeaways and instead eat apples and bananas.
Researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute found that women who eat less fruit and more fast food take longer to get pregnant and are less likely to conceive within a year.
The study asked almost 5600 women in Australia, New Zealand, Britain and Ireland about their diet.
It included details of what they ate in the month before conception and how often they ate fruit, green leafy vegetables, fish and fast food such as burgers, pizza, fried chicken and chips.
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The results, published in the journal Human Reproduction, showed that eating a healthy diet that included fruit but had little or no fast food improved fertility and reduced the time to get pregnant.
“Our data shows that frequent consumption of fast foods delays time to pregnancy,” Dr Jessica Grieger said.
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