Eating Bacon Lowers Men’s Sperm Count (So Eat Fish!)

Sorry gents, but if you want lots of healthy sperm, cut out the bacon and start eating fish. The Age reports:

Just one rasher of bacon a day can damage a man’s fertility, while eating a portion of white fish such as cod or halibut every other day can improve it, researchers have suggested.640px-NCI_bacon
The study by Harvard University on 156 men in couples suffering problems conceiving examined their diet and the size and shape of their sperm.

Researchers found that men who regularly ate processed meat had significantly lower amounts of normal sperm, compared with those who limited the amount of foods like bacon, sausages, hamburgers, ham and mince.
On average, those who ate the equivalent of less than a rasher of bacon a day had 30 per cent more normal sperm than those who ate higher quantities of processed meats.

Meanwhile, those who ate a portion of white fish every other day had a similar edge over those who ate foods such as cod more rarely.

Dr Myriam Afeiche, from the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, said: “We found that processed meat intake was associated with lower semen quality and fish was to higher semen quality.”

Few studies have examined the relationship between processed meat and fertility and Dr Afeiche said it was not clear why such foods might negatively affect sperm quality.

Dr Allan Pacey, a fertility expert at the University of Sheffield, said it was already known that a healthy diet could improve male fertility, but it was less clear whether specific foods could be blamed for a deterioration in sperm quality.

He said: “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.”…

[continues at The Age]

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  • Charlie Primero

    I knew radiation, pesticides, GMO’s, poison drinking water, and Big Pharma obedience meds had nothing to do with decreasing male fertility. It’s bacon. Thanks Harvard!

    Fortunately, bacon is cheap and fish is expensive, so this will help clear the earth of useless eaters who consume my finite natural resources. Robots are more obedient and make better servants.

    Nonetheless, Dr. Myriam Afeiche of Harvard can sample the quality of my semen any time she wants…

    https://www.google.com/search?q=%22Dr.+Myriam+Afeiche%22&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=61VdUqWTFoPq9ASX6IHAAw&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1440&bih=732&dpr=1

    • InfvoCuernos

      Don’t forget that all that Pacific fish is going to be radioactive from Fukishima. They’ll be able to catch the middle class as well as the poor.

      • Rex Vestri

        Radioactive and chock-full of dioxin, PCBs, and mercury too.
        Yaaay seafood!

  • Greasy

    i’m fine with this, how much bacon do i need to eat for it to be an effective contraceptive?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    This is just nature’s gentle way of saying,

    “Okay, Humanity, I think 7.2 billion is enough for now. You’re cut off.”

    • Charlie Primero

      I don’t think Mother Nature has much to do with the cancer chemicals in today’s bacon, but anything that culls the Untermenchen helps us Alphas.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Is there a conscious plot? Maybe.

        But I find that humanity’s unintentionally hilarious propensity to embrace technologies/customs detrimental to its interests and survival requires no special malice. I am a strong believer in Hanlon’s Razor.

      • InfvoCuernos

        I find the use of German words when talking of culling a little disturbing, like calling jews “juden”, but I’m pretty sure there are quicker ways to clean out the gene pool than waiting around for bacon to kill em off. If we could just get the poor to smoke, do drugs and drink, then we’d have something…

  • Tchoutoye

    I’m an antinatalist so I’ll keep bringing home the bacon.

  • InfvoCuernos

    So its a win/win situation!

  • BuzzCoastin

    it only takes one sperm outta about 150 million
    to bring home the bacon

  • DeepCough

    You’re absolutely right, I should eat fish, which is full of plastic (1), heavy metals like mercury (2), and pharmaceutical drugs (3). It’s not the bacon’s fault it’s loaded up with sodiums nitrite, phosphate, and erythrobate (three of the most common preservatives in processed meat). If you wanna bring home the bacon, either get lower sodium or, better yet, uncured bacon.

    1: http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/health/case_studies/plastics.html

    2: http://grist.org/article/heavy-metal-fish-how-mercury-ends-up-on-your-plate/

    3: http://news.discovery.com/animals/fish-on-drugs-from-pharmaceutical-waste-130214.htm

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