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Can legumes help me get pregnant?

Can legumes help me get pregnant?

Are you trying to conceive? Most of us know how important eating well during pregnancy is but did you know what you eat before conception can impact your chances of conceiving and influence your baby’s future health?

There’s growing evidence to suggest following a Mediterranean style diet, based on plant based proteins, seafood, wholegrains, fruit and vegetables leads to better fertility in both men and women.

Let’s look at one change you could make today

Could you add more plant based proteins in your diet to improve your health and your chances of getting pregnant? Plant based proteins are found in nuts, seeds, legumes such as chickpeas, lentils and red kidney beans, tofu and wholegrains.

Researchers have found that swapping some animal based protein with plant based protein each day improved the fertility by 50%. And, no, this doesn’t mean you have to give up all animal based protein foods which are packed with nutrients and great for fertility.

Start by adding in some legumes

Legumes, also known as pulses aren’t just for vegetarians. Examples of legumes include chickpeas, kidney beans, baked beans (navy beans), four bean mix, soybeans and lentils.

“In my dietetic practice clients often tell me they like legumes but don’t know what to do with them. They might eat baked beans and hummus, add kidney beans to minestrone soup or a Mexican chilli meal but need help with more ideas.”

Start by adding legumes to some of the meals you eat regularly and eventually consider replacing a couple of meat meals a week with plant based proteins. Small improvements to your diet today can help improve your fertility.

Nicole Moroney
Accredited Practising Dietitian
www.bestfoodforward.com.au

Are you trying to conceive? Most of us know how important eating well during pregnancy is but did you know what you eat before conception can impact your chances of conceiving and influence your baby’s future health?

There’s growing evidence to suggest following a Mediterranean style diet, based on plant based proteins, seafood, wholegrains, fruit and vegetables leads to better fertility in both men and women.

Let’s look at one change you could make today

Could you add more plant based proteins in your diet to improve your health and your chances of getting pregnant? Plant based proteins are found in nuts, seeds, legumes such as chickpeas, lentils and red kidney beans, tofu and wholegrains.

Researchers have found that swapping some animal based protein with plant based protein each day improved the fertility by 50%. And, no, this doesn’t mean you have to give up all animal based protein foods which are packed with nutrients and great for fertility.

Start by adding in some legumes

Legumes, also known as pulses aren’t just for vegetarians. Examples of legumes include chickpeas, kidney beans, baked beans (navy beans), four bean mix, soybeans and lentils.

“In my dietetic practice clients often tell me they like legumes but don’t know what to do with them. They might eat baked beans and hummus, add kidney beans to minestrone soup or a Mexican chilli meal but need help with more ideas.”

Start by adding legumes to some of the meals you eat regularly and eventually consider replacing a couple of meat meals a week with plant based proteins. Small improvements to your diet today can help improve your fertility.

Nicole Moroney
Accredited Practising Dietitian
www.bestfoodforward.com.au