Bad snacks, is­sues in your dacks

The Western Star - - Sport -

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.

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

Eat­ing junk food can ir­re­versibly dam­age sperm.

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