A new study has shown that a man's fertility is deeply sensitive to their daily diets, and to the dismay of millions of processed meat lovers all over the world, it has come out that bacon and fertility are a terrible match, as these types of foods can lower sperm count.
Health researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have delved deeper into the many myths behind bacon and fertility and found them to be accurate, and it doesn't only mean bacon but also other processed meats such as sausages, all of which could lead to infertility in men.
According to UK's The Telegraph, the bacon and fertility study took its results from following the way 141 men ate while they were trying to conceive children with their partners through in vitro fertilization (IVF), and participants were required to go through daily questionnaires where they spoke about the different kinds of foods they consumed, whether they were processed or not.
When the bacon and fertility study's results came in, the data was clear: higher chances of conception came from those men who had less than 1.5 servings of any kind of processed meat weekly, as opposed to those who had more than four servings per week.
Ask Men reports that the problem was only between bacon and fertility (as well as other processed meats), as the study also found a positive relation between some other forms of meat and fertility, particularly when it came to chicken; those men whose diets were heavy on poultry had a 13 percent higher chance of being able to conceive than their counterparts.
Meats are a major source of saturated fat, which is related to lower sperm counts among men from a fertility clinic and among young men from the general population," said the researchers in a recent statement, according to The Daily Meal. "Men who consumed more meat had a higher body mass index and higher intake of alcohol, caffeine, protein, fat, total calories, and lower intake of carbohydrates."
The bacon fertility study was published on the latest issue of the journal Fertility and Sterility under the name "Men's meat intake and treatment outcomes among couples undergoing assisted reproduction.