An average man’s sperm count has dropped steadily over the past 40 years. Sperm health seems to be the last thing on the minds of most men. How nutrition impacts sperm is almost forgotten. The trend of having children at later ages could cause fertility issues.
Some say that men are losing sperm count by keeping laptops on the lap. Some blame the heat generated from cell phones kept in pants is killing sperms. Obesity is a likely factor for the drop in sperms. What we eat could be a culprit too, at times. Let us learn the answers to all the above issues.
1. Processed Meat
Processed meat is linked to many illnesses. It includes hot dogs, salami, beef jerky, bacon etc. Eating processed meat decreased sperm count and sperm mobility. Studies did not find the same effect on eating chicken.
2. Trans Fats
Trans fats increase the risk of heart disease. A study was done in 2011, in Spain linked the increased intake of trans fats with decreased sperm count.
3. Soy Products
Soy products contain phytoestrogens – estrogen-like compounds that come from plants. The study has concluded that excessive soy intake can decrease sperm concentration.
4. Pesticides and Bisphenol A (BPA)
This is the scariest as they are not foods and they are found everywhere, on vegetables, fruits, meat, fish due to tainted water supply. BPA and chemicals within pesticides act as xenoestrogens – chemicals that mimic estrogen. These xenoestrogens can wreak havoc on sperm concentration.
5. High Fat Dairy Products
Milk may be good for the rest of the body except the sperm. An analysis of sperm and high-fat dairy products showed that there were decreased sperm motility and abnormal sperm shape. The reason could be due to sex steroids given to cows.
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