Thoughts on dairy?

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Thoughts on dairy?

Postby JMS » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:09 pm

When I first went to acupuncture, one of the first things I was given was a list of foods I should and shouldn't eat while TTC. One of the things she wants me to avoid is dairy. I have been reluctant to do it because I really love cheese. :) However, this cycle I thought I should try to follow her diet a little better.

But, I have read several articles that say that while lowfat dairy can be bad for fertility, full fat dairy can actually be good for fertility. So I don't know what to do. Do I eliminate dairy or just limit myself to some full fat dairy products?

I hate some of the conflicting information that is out there.
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Postby halifax41 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:16 am

Chinese medicine generally seems to advise little dairy, this may be because a large % of Asian population has lactose intolerance, whereas those of European descent are generally lactose tolerant and dairy is a common part of our diet. Unless you have known issues from consuming dairy products I see no valid reason to cut them out. They are a good source of calcium and protein and there have been studies suggesting that full fat dairy is good for fertility.
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Postby AnnaJuly » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:35 pm

halifax41 wrote:Chinese medicine generally seems to advise little dairy, this may be because a large % of Asian population has lactose intolerance, whereas those of European descent are generally lactose tolerant and dairy is a common part of our diet. Unless you have known issues from consuming dairy products I see no valid reason to cut them out. They are a good source of calcium and protein and there have been studies suggesting that full fat dairy is good for fertility.

That makes sense. Could also have to do with hormones in milk. I have seen a lot of organic milk now available. I would use whole organic.
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Postby Liza24 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:37 pm

yea, i went from 2% to Whole milk, as i only use it as a glass of milk with breakfast, or for cereal.

I also have my son on it as he is a super picky eater and getting calories into him is a chore lol.
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Postby TTCnumber2at42 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:34 am

I found the follwoing article that may be of some use:

"Chinese diagnosis of endometriosis, says you should eliminate dairy from your diet completely. Some research has shown that dairy products may increase prostaglandins, which stimulate estrogen. Estrogen is responsible for common endometrial symptoms such as painful menstrual cramps, as well as menorrhagia (heavy menses), diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. In Chinese Medicine, dairy products are thought to create a dampness (mucous) that interferes with the flow of energy through the body, creating stagnation." but then the article continues to say use whole milk not low fat.

http://acubalance.ca/fertility-diet/acu ... /dairy-pro
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