Bacon Lowers Sperm Count, Fish Raises It [Study]

Bacon and sperm count appear directly related, it seems. The byproduct of pigs has been shown to lower men’s sperm count, while fish has been shown to apparently raise it.

Yes, this could be a shocking revelation for men who appreciate a not-so-diet-friendly diet, but scientists are saying that bacon could lower your chances of having kids.

A research team studied the eating habits of over 150 men who were undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment with their partners, specifically asking about what kinds of meat they tend to take in regularly. Those who ate more processed meats such as bacon measured a lower sperm count, and that was based on just half portions. The percentage was about two percent lower than average.

Men who had fish, on the other hand, were shown to have a significantly higher sperm count.

The correlation between bacon and sperm count was shown to be a definite improvement from bacon to fish. However, the number of men involved in the study was actually a small cross section of the total population and the results can’t be entirely said to be factual.

Dr. Allan Pacey, chairman of the British Fertility Society, stated his skepticism about the findings:

“The relationship between diet and men’s fertility is an interesting one and there is 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.”

Technically, the conclusion is stating that if men eat healthier in general, their sperm count, size, and shape could easily be much better. The connection between sperm count and specific foods is suggestive, but not factually conclusive. Eating bacon won’t guarantee a lower sperm count, but it seems a consistent factor.

Does this discovery make you want to stop eating bacon? Is your sperm count important enough to you to eat healthier?