Melanie McGrice

Melanie McGrice

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Melanie McGrice is one of Australia’s best-known dietitians. She is a highly respected author of ‘The Pregnancy Weight Plan’ and co-author of several papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. An experienced media presenter on health, nutrition, and dietary issues Melanie is passionate about educating Australians to eat well, appreciate good food and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Join her free nutrition and wellbeing network at: www.melaniemcgrice.com.au
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Biological Clock Ticking

So, you want to have a baby, but your biological clock is ticking… I hear you!  In this blog, we discuss 7 foods that may help to delay menopause.

Please note that none of these are a magical substance but there is some evidence that they will assist.

The Top 7 are:

1. Fish
One study found that women who ate fish each day had a three-year delay in menopause compared to women who didn’t eat fish.

2. Soy
Soy foods are a rich source of phytoestrogens which can impact our reproductive hormones, so it’s not surprising that soy plays a role. Soy foods include tofu, soy drinks, edamame and miso to name a few.

3. Skim milk
This is where the evidence starts to get a little stronger. Women who drank skim or low-fat milk more regularly have shown a delay in menopause, but not women who drank full cream milk, so if you’re trying to delay menopause, I’d definitely encourage you to have a glass of skim milk each day.

4. Red meat
This was a little surprising to me, but there’s a few studies to show that higher intakes of red meat are associated with a delay in menopause.

5. Green and yellow vegetables
Research found that women who ate more green and yellow veg were more likely to go through menopause later in life, so another reason to eat our greens each day.

6. Coffee
And you thought coffee was bad for you!! A study of Japanese women found that those who went through menopause later in life were more likely to be coffee drinkers, so that gives us cause to think that maybe coffee makes a difference? But remember, that it’s only one study, so take this research with caution.

7. Fruit
Fruit intake was associated with delayed menopause in one study, but not in another. But, it’s certainly not going to hurt, is it?!

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