I’m five months pregnant and I’ve got to be careful about caffeine, deli meats, tuna fish, alcohol and, for crying out loud, I can’t eat cookie dough because I will probably get the Salmonella and then my husband will be all, See! I told you so!
I still had a bit of raw cookie dough yesterday when we made cookies because I AM ONLY HUMAN.
So I must say it cheered me mightily to be able to issue a no bacon decree for all the men out there hoping to become parents.
According to a study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Boston this week, and published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, a good general rule of thumb for guys wanting babies: bacon is bad, fish is good.
As Salon.com reports, “Researchers at Harvard University found that men who ate more than half a portion of bacon each day had significantly lower levels of “normal”-shaped sperm than those who ate less.” Fish, particularly white-meat fish like cod and halibut, was associated with the opposite effect.
It’s a small study. And researchers did not look at individual kinds of processed meat, so we can’t know for sure if bacon is worse for your sperm than hamburgers, but it seems safe to say that higher intake of processed meat appears to be related to a lower percent of “morphologically normal” — or well-shaped — sperm.
Sorry about that. If it makes you feel any better, Salon says a third Harvard study found that alcohol and caffeine don’t have any discernible effect on sperm quality. Another larger study out of France confirms that coffee drinkers didn’t have deficient sperm.
The studies have yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Researchers will have to recruit a larger group of men from a wider geographic area to make the findings applicable to semen everywhere. In other words, anybody willing to eat a bunch of bacon for the good of sperm everywhere? Something tells me they won’t have a problem finding men for the cause.
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