Junk food damages sperm in young
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By AFP RelaxNews: A study out of Harvard University has found that healthy
young men who indulge in junk food binges are putting their fertility at
risk. And those who ate foods high in trans fats -- like deep-fried and
processed foods -- fared the worst.
In the study, researchers from Harvard and the University of Murcia in Spain
asked hundreds of men ages 18-22 to keep a log of everything they ate for
After analyzing the food diaries and their sperm, doctors found that those
who binged on high-fat foods like cookies, cakes, chocolate, chips and fried
and processed foods had poorer-quality sperm than those who followed a
healthy diet, reported British paper The Sun this week.
The same was true of men who were of a healthy weight and exercised
regularly: doctors said their sperm was less likely survive the perilous
journey to fertilize an egg.
Those with the weakest swimmers were men who consumed diets high in trans
fats like hydrogenated oils, while men who ate whole grains, vegetables and
fish produced the best-quality sperm.
Foods that have been shown to boost men's fertility include eggs, salmon,
natural yogurt, nuts, seeds, berries, sweet potatoes, broccoli and