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Are high protein diets bad for women trying to conceive?

A study, presented at the 20th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, found a diet containing 25% protein disrupted the genetic imprinting pattern in mice embryos. The diet adversely affected embryo implantation in the womb and fetal development according to Dr. David Gardner of the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine. Similar results were found in studies performed on cows, suggesting a high protein diet could decrease a woman’s chances of conceiving. Atkins Nutritionals disagrees, stating that some studies have shown a positive correlation between lowering carbohydrate intake and female fertility.

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