Daily Archives: June 25, 2009

She Says… Bring on the whole milk


I know, I know, I’ve already talked a lot about a healthy diet. And I’m pretty confident that my diet is unrelated to my ovulation issues; I eat a flexitarian diet of almost entirely vegetables, whole grains and lowfat dairy. I take prenatal vitamins, fish oil and vitamin C every day. I get plenty of healthy fats from olive oil and avocados and nuts, and I try to balance protein and fiber in every meal. Blah blah blah. So tonight I was watching Access Hollywood (don’t judge!) and they were discussing “fertility-friendly foods”. Since we all know that Access Hollywood rarely has breaking news in the health department, I didn’t think much of it. But a quick Googlefest led me to some startling research.

NOTE: I am fully aware that this one research study and its “findings” are not a cause for concern, and should not be treated as undeniable truth. However, it can’t hurt to be aware, right?

The more low-fat dairy products you eat, the greater your risk of ovulatory infertility. — HealthyWomen.org

Women who had a high intake of lowfat dairy food were more likely to experience ovulation problems. An increase in low-fat dairy foods of 1 serving per day was associated with an 11% greater risk of an ovulation problem resulting in infertility. Women who had a high intake of high fat dairy foods were less likely to have ovulation problems. — Randy Morris, MD

Benjamin and I often joke that we should get a cow because I drink so much milk. Skim milk. My morning cereal bowls are overflowing, and I’ll often have another glass of milk with a piece of fruit as a snack. And a hefty pour in my cup of tea or iced coffee (decaf, these days). And almost every day I have a yogurt or string cheese for breakfast or a snack. Nonfat yogurt. Reduced fat string cheese. Choosing lowfat or nonfat anything is out of the ordinary for me, as I much prefer natural, whole foods to their processed, lowfat counterparts. However, I eat so. much. dairy. that I always figured I was better off choosing skim. Also, I recently learned that lower-fat milks have more calcium per cup than whole milk (because some of the volume in whole milk is displaced by milk fat, which has no calcium). Score another for skim! But now this.

Could my seemingly healthy dairy habits be contributing to my anovulation? We probably won’t ever know for sure… but it can’t hurt for me to test out the theory. I think I’ll stick with 1% in my cereal and switch to full-fat yogurt. Yum! Since yogurt is portion-controlled, I know I’ll only be getting one serving at a time. Anyone else heard about this? Thoughts?