The type of fats you eat can affect fertilityAlthough the study demonstrating the link between dietary fat and poor sperm count was small, it still indicates that what men eat and what types of fat they eat is significant.
I spend a lot of time talking about what women should be eating, however, what men eat may affect their fertility...specifically their sperm count.
Sperm Count May Be Reduced By Saturated FatSaturated fat isn't very heart healthy and according to this article, it's not very sperm healthy either. They types of fats that are good for sperm are the kinds found in fish and other foods like nuts and avocados that are high in the good fats. Read more:
From the article:
Researcher Dr Jill Attaman, said: 'We were able to demonstrate that in men who took in higher amounts of fats, such as saturated fat and monounsaturated fat, there was an association with decreased sperm concentration.
'But polyunsaturated fat - those seen in fish primarily - was associated with improved sperm morphology and motility.'
Morphology relates to the size and shape of the sperm and is an indicator of fertility.
The research was carried out on 91 men seeking fertility treatment but Dr Attaman said she would expect to see a 'similar pattern' in the general population, although this would need to be studied.
The men were asked how often they ate certain foods, what types of oil they used in cooking and baking and the types of margarine they consumed.
Of the group, 21 men also had levels of fatty acids in their sperm and semen measured.
Overall, those men in the highest saturated fat intake group took in 13 per cent of their daily calories as saturated fat, while those in the lowest third took in 8 per cent.
The study concluded: 'Men in the highest third of saturated fat intake had 41 per cent fewer sperm than those in the lowest third.