In a study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston, researchers from Harvard University collected data from 156 men who were going through in vitro fertilization with a partner. The couples answered questions about their diet, including how often they consumed processed meat, red meat, white meat, poultry, and fish.
The men who ate more than half a portion of processed meats every day had significantly lower levels of “normal” sperm, compared to men who ate less than half a portion of processed meats per day.
And the study shows that some foods seem to increase sperm quality.
Study author Dr. Myriam Afeiche says,“We found the effect of processed meat intake lowered quality, and fish raised quality."
Dr. Allan Pacey, chairman of the British Fertility Society says, “The relationship between diet and men’s fertility is an interesting one, and there is certainly now convincing evidence that men who eat more fresh fruit and vegetables have better sperm than men who don’t. However, less is known about the fertility of men with poor diets and whether specific foods can be linked to poor sperm quality.”
What do you think? Will you cut down on the bacon?