Bad snacks, issues in your dacks
PIZZA, lollies, chips and other processed, high-fat food can cause permanent damage to sperm, according to a new study from Harvard University.
The researchers studied nearly 3000 men ages 18 to 20 and found that vegetarians and those with diets rich in fruit, vegies, chicken and fish had higher sperm counts than those on a “Western diet” of processed meats and junk food.
“It’s almost certain that this is down to an effect that those with the better diets are taking in more antioxidants,” fertility expert Professor Allan Pacey of Sheffield University told The Independent.
“With pizza, chips and red meat we know that the oxidative stress goes up and that is bad for sperm.”
The World Health Organisation considers a normal sperm count to contain 39 million or more sperm per ejaculate. Study subjects who ate a Western diet were found to have 25.6 million fewer sperm per instance than the subjects with the best eating habits.
The researchers believe that processed foods damage the health of sperm-producing cells, or Sertoli cells. And though eating better can improve sperm health over time, Sertoli cells cannot be recovered.
Eating junk food can irreversibly damage sperm.