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Old Jan 29th, 2012, 23:44 PM   1
sweetie888
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Tomatoes & TTC: Yay or Nay?


Hi Ladies!

I just saw something about tomatoes and acidity on this thread.
http://www.babyandbump.com/two-week-...c-sisters.html

Did a little search to see if tomatoes and increased acidity can be harmful to sperm and found this older BnB thread that seems to say tomatoes HELP fertility?

http://www.babyandbump.com/trying-to...omatoes-2.html

I'm so confused! I eat about 2 tomatoes everyday so I want to know
if it can hurt or help when TTC?

Any ideas?

TIA!



 
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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 00:54 AM   2
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the only information i can find says that it boosts fertility FOR MEN!!! and the only information i can find about fertility and women is where they've looked at something IN tomatoes and how it effects women which is lycopene the part of the tomatoe that boosts fertility for men, but even if it did boost fertility for women the study has only looked at lycopene and that it's found in tomatoes they didn't study tomatoes directly so even if lycopene did help women fertility (which is looks like it does) they don't know if it will work with tomatoes because tomatoes have many other properties like the fact they're highly acidic. Please also keep in mind that the thread saying it's good for fertility is 3 years old and from a glamour magazine. lol.

But it does look like tomatoes are good because of this lycopene, antioxidents and vitamin C. I can't find any information saying they are bad but there hasn't been any studies done either other than the one that only looks at lycopene.

I find alot of websites find out something to do with fertility then make up their own theories and information in this case "acidity is bad for fertility" so they've come to the conclusion "Tomatoes are acidic so tomatoes are bad for fertility" i mean it does make sense i guess but i can't find ANY information to support it.



 
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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 02:17 AM   3
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Thanks Betheney! I know it all seems such un-credible sources, but aren't we all so ready to believe anything we're told when we want to get preggers so bad? Normally smart and logical people turn into superstitious and old-wives-story-followers. lol
I guess I'm just a little worried - I tend to LOVE foods high in acidity like tomatoes, lemons, grapefruit, tea, grapes... maybe I just need to cut back a little. Too bad my DH hates acidic stuff, esp. tomatoes! haha - if we don't suceed next month, too bad - he's getting a lot of pasta!



 
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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 03:16 AM   4
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well i wouldn't stress too much if you have lots of EWCM, the more acidic your vag is the less EWCM you receive, if you still have lots of EWCM the little swimmers will be fine.

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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 04:42 AM   5
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Yeah, don't worry about it, NOTHING I studied in 3 years of dietetics ever mentioned about tomatoes being bad for fertility, and also the 'acidity' theory re food is kind of paff. So fear not, eat those very healthy tomatoes



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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 14:13 PM   6
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Actually, from what I have read, although tomatos, oranges, grapefruits, etc seem to be acidic, they actually create an alkaline environment inside the body and that is the best PH for the vagina when ttc. I am not a dr or specialist so I am not totally sure but I did find this quote on a website with a list of acidic versus alkaline foods:

"Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system."

Good luck to you!



 
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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 17:01 PM   7
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Thanks JustMeInLove & BabyHopes4Me! Glad to hear I am ok to keep eating my fave stuff!



 
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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 17:15 PM   8
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I love tomatoes I eat about 2 a day as well :-)



 
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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 20:20 PM   9
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Yeah it seems counterintuitive, but some acidic foods end up being alkalinizing for your body. Apple cider vinegar is supposed to be a great one. Just started taking that. Lemon water is another.



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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 21:42 PM   10
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I know! I already drink lemon water on a regular basis but I just bought some apple cider vinegar this week. Since it is so strong, I have been diluting it with lots of water and drinking it like tea with a touch of honey and it is not that bad that way.



 
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