Did you know that apart from your genetics, your diet plays a major role in helping you get twins? What was originally just a theory has now been backed up by various experiments that compare the twinning rates of people consuming certain foods.
In this article, we’ve gathered up a list of some of the best foods that can improve your chances of having twins by increasing your fertility. To help you get started on incorporating some of them into your diet, we’ve also included a few tips and recipes for you to try out! Wondering what these magical foods are yet? Well, let’s get into it!
List of Foods to Help Conceive Twins
Originally inspired by the people of Yoruba, Cassavas have been proven to increase your chances of having twins by enhancing ovulation. Cassavas contain chemicals known as phytoestrogens which function similarly to estrogen to promote ovulation.
Since Cassava is a root vegetable, it’s often consumed in a similar way to potatoes, aka frying, roasting, baking, etc. Here’s a recipe for roasted Cassava.
Recipe for Roasted Cassava
First, you’re going to get your cassava ready for boiling by simply peeling it and cutting. Next, put the cassava in a pot of boiling water along with 1 tbsp of salt, dried chili peppers, and clove each. Boil until the cassava turns soft and translucent. After that, take your cassava out of the boiling water and remove all the stringy bits from its center.
Now it’s time to roast! Line a baking tray with wax paper and coat your boiled cassava with olive oil and spices of your choice. Once the oven has preheated, pop the baking tray (with the cassava) into the oven for about 20 min. After 20 min, take your tray out, flip the cassava onto the other side, and pop it back in for another 10 min until fully cooked. Top it off with chopped scallions for an extra burst of flavor and enjoy!
#2 Dairy Products
Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, butter, etc, have been found to enhance ovulation with the help of IGF. IGF is a substance present in dairy products that helps out the function of FSH in your body which in turn enhances the ovulation of multiple eggs. This idea is based on a study carried out by Gary Steinman in New York which provided evidence that consuming dairy products increased your chances of having twins. When Gary compared the twinning rate in vegans and non-vegans, he found the rate to be 5 times higher in non-vegans.
#3 Maca Root
Rather than increasing the fertility rate in women, Maca Root increases the fertility in men. Not only does it help with sperm count but sperm motility as well, which increases the likelihood of fertilization after copulation. It’s available in powder, dried, and encapsulated form.
A very easy way of incorporating Maca root into your diet is with the use of Maca root powder in your morning smoothies. Additionally, it can be added to desserts such as ice cream, waffles, cookies, etc. We recommend adding it in recipes with chocolate or cinnamon since they complement its malt flavor!
Yam comes from the same food family as Cassava and has been proven to increase the twinning rate of people in Nigeria by 4 times. Similar to Cassava, Yam increases fertility by using phytoestrogens to stimulate both your ovaries to each release an egg, rather than just one.
Yam can be cooked in a variety of ways from roasting, to being used in curries. But, here’s the recipe for something you’ve probably never tried before: Candied yam!
#5 Recipe for candied yam
This is most definitely a twist on the usual yam flavor that you’re used to, but rest assured, it tastes just as phenomenal! To make the candy mixture, in a pot, add brown and white sugar, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, ground ginger and clove, butter and start heating. Once everything melts together and starts to thicken, take the mixture off of the stove.
Next, chop up your yam, place it onto a lined baking tray, cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes in a preheated oven. After 20 minutes, remove the foil; pour your candy mixture over the yam and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
#6 Complex Carbohydrates
Complex carbohydrates such as pasta, grains, beans, and leafy vegetables are a great source of folic acid which makes them ideal for increasing your fertility. However, apart from simply increasing your chances of hyperovulation (and having twins), they also protect your baby against neural tube defects such as Spina Bifida.
#7 Pineapple core
This tropical fruit isn’t just good for Pina Coladas! Pineapple core contains a substance known as bromelain, which is a type of protein that helps with ovulation and fertilization. The easiest way to incorporate pineapples into your diet is through smoothies, salsas, salads, and a classic (but controversial) pineapple pizza!
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