I'm as far as humanly possible from wanting to get pregnant. Yet, while doing some light Googling about fertility foods, I was absolutely bombed with misinformation, so much so I ended up feeling like a failure, overwhelmed and shutting the laptop for a timeout.

I want to throw a floatie to anybody drowning in that same enraged information ocean, so let's tackle one of the biggest myths that has wrapped up so many people in doubt. Gather round for the tale of the pea being an enemy of fertility.

A decades-old fiction

It all started with some studies in 1959 and the early '60s indicating a component of the green pea called m-xylohydroquinone had a contraceptive effect in rats. After vague conclusions, the connection was never studied again and since then, the research has been summarized as "peas are a natural contraceptive."

"In the early days of pharmacy, over 90 percent [of medicine] came from plants," said Roger Clemens, food technology expert and adjunct professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. "Clearly, plants have a lot of bioactive compounds, but it's