WOMEN who eat a Mediterranean-style diet boost their chances of getting pregnant, according to a Spanish study.
The survey of nearly 500 women found that those who ate a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains enjoyed increased fertility.
Around 17 per cent of those who stuck closely to the diet had fertility problems, compared to 26 per cent of those who didn’t follow it.
“The Mediterranean-type diet may have a protective effect on insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes,” said researcher Dr Estefania Toledo from the University of Navarra.
The study adds to increasing evidence of health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet, which has been linked to lower risks of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
However, experts have stressed that the study is only based on observations, not scientific experiments, meaning more research is needed before clinical recommendations can be made to women trying to become pregnant.