Processed meats might affect male fertility

Recent study discovered that men who ate processed meats like bacon, sausage, canned meat products had poorer chances to achieve successful pregnancy. Those men who ate more chicken had better outcomes during fertility treatment.

“Many studies have shown that diet can affect human fertility, but our diets are so complex that it is difficult to tease out how particular food types may affect reproductive outcomes,” says Dr. Rebecca Sokol, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

The total meat intake was not associated with embryo implantation, clinical pregnancy or live birth rates. The important message from this study is to avoid processed meats, like other processed foods and foods that were in contact with plastics. Even if you can’t eat the bacon, but you can enjoy the fresh cut steak.

It is important to note that study was done on men who were undergoing fertility treatment. It means that their sperm quality was already compromised. Men sperm quality is very closely related to their general health. It even can be one of the early warning sings for the heart disease, high blood pressure. It’s not surprising that reducing processed foods men can improve general health and sperm quality. However, researchers have not yet been able to pinpoint why there is such a connection.