Fatty Diets Lower Sperm Counts
Aspiring fathers may want to keep their saturated-fat consumption in check; a study found that fatty diets lowered sperm quality in Danish men. Participants were young, with an average age of 19, and of normal body weight. Each answered a questionnaire about his diet and provided a sample of semen. Danes who ate the most saturated fat had a 41 percent lower sperm count on average than those who ate the least. Cheese and processed meats are staples of Danish cuisine and are high in saturated fat. The researchers say that a diet that’s lower in saturated fat may improve reproductive health for men.
Source: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published online Dec. 26, 2012