Bad News, Guys: Bacon Is Bad For Your Sperm Count

You already know your heart doesn’t like it. Your blood lipids don’t like it. Your abdominal fat likes to collect it. Your taste buds love it. It’s been showing up more and more – bacon wrapped everything, even bacon ice cream. But the fact is, if you’re trying to be studly, you need to give up to the bacon. And as ironic as it sounds, the sausage too, for that matter.

Sperm, in their little fish-tailed happy life, are actually pretty complicated, as previously reported by the Inquisitr. Not only does the head of the sperm contain enough DNA to create half a person while being invisible to the naked eye, there’s a whole lot that can affect the quality and quantity of spermatozoa. Wearing tight underwear, riding a bike, being a pilot, a radiologist – even getting in a hot tub too often – all can decrease the number and quality of your sperm. Men may love bacon, but their sperm do not, according to a study published in the medical journal Fertilization and Sterility, according to Unilad.

Researchers studied 141 men whose female partners underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF) at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2007 to 2014, so they were obviously having trouble conceiving a child. Using dietary questionnaires, they determined the scope of each man’s typical meat intake. Men who avoided processed proteins like sausage, bacon, and canned meat had a 28 percent higher success rate of impregnating their partner in-vitro than those who had a fry-up regularly. However, meat consumption in general didn’t seem to affect fertility, as those who ate chicken did not have the same negative effect on sperm count.

Dr. Rebecca Sokol, president of the Society for Reproductive Medicine, stated the hard facts fairly plainly.

“This study suggests that the type of meat a man consumes may influence his sperm’s ability to fertilize an egg. Eating a healthy diet is an easy change to make, and worth making for reproductive health as well as overall health.”

While that’s nothing that is exactly unknown in medicine, it is new that a man’s fertility is reduced by more than a fourth if he regularly consumes bacon- it may be possible that the more he consumes, the less fertile he becomes, according to Health magazine.. While one shouldn’t rely on eating bacon as a contraceptive, it’s important to remember that all of the cells of your body, including the amazing ever-regenerating semen that carries your DNA, is profoundly affected by what you eat.

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