Research to Reader: fertility science
Low carbohydrate or no carbohydrate diets have become very trendy but focusing on the type of carbohydrate you are eating is important. There is a difference in how the body responds to a handful of lollies compared to eating wholegrain bread. A low carbohydrate diet (<40% of your daily energy needs) has actually been associated with an increased risk of obesity!
Carbohydrate can be a great source of resistant starch. Resistant starch is food for your gut microbiome which influences every aspect of health, including fertility. Oats are a great source but cooked and cooled rice and pasta are also good sources.
Reheating your pasta or rice (once cooked and cooled) increases the resistance starch content by up to 2.5 times. This translates to a reduction in blood sugar, which can be up to 50% lower.
Try a cold pasta salad with a great mix of vegetables for lunch that won’t spike blood sugars. If you are super organised cook any rice or pasta a day or two before you plan on eating a meal with it. Your gut microbes will love the extra food you are giving them so they can continue to benefit your health!