Too Much Meat and Dairy Harm Sperm

No, no! Don’t mess with my sperm. A new study in the journal Fertility and Sterility reveals diets low in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables and high processed meats and full-fat dairy heighten risk of low-quality sperm. The study involved 61 men visiting a fertility clinic. Of the participants, half had poor sperm quality. Those men also had a higher intake of meat and dairy, but the other half of men had normal sperm counts and tended to eat more fruits and vegetables. Experts cite increased levels of antioxidants, like vitamin C and lycopene, for better sperm; Reuters investigates.

Antioxidants are like Superman and Batman rolled up in one. Take blueberries, they’re packed with healthful nutrients, like flavonoids, which are associated with cancer prevention and plants like broccoli protect against things such as respiratory inflammation and stroke, while antioxidant-devoid foods like hotdogs and bacon may lead to leukemia and raise lung cancer risk.

The bad news for meat keeps piling up. Just last month, a study linked processed meat to increased death risk, as high as 50% and recently red meat was pinned to blindness. Eek!

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Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) - April 21, 2009 9:31 AM

I don't eat meat, or have sperm to worry about... but if I eat meat I think that photo would have put an end to it.

Steve - April 21, 2009 7:01 PM

I wouldn't eat a lot of meat, but I wouldn't eat zero either.
Steve

James - April 21, 2009 11:16 PM

It would have been nice if the study mentioned how much intake of meat the men with low quality sperm consumed as opposed to how much the men with high quality sperm consumed. Overall, it looks like the study seems more of an approbation of fruits and veggies than a condemnation of meat.

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