Restuffed Sweet Pota­toes

Clean Eating - - RECIPE INDEX - BY KAREN MORSE, MPH

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En­joy­ing a serv­ing of nuts is known to sup­port heart, brain and skin health, and new re­search shows this crunchy snack could also help men suf­fer­ing with fer­til­ity is­sues.

Re­sults from a 14-week Span­ish study by the Euro­pean So­ci­ety of Hu­man Re­pro­duc­tion and Em­bry­ol­ogy found im­prove­ments in pa­ram­e­ters linked to male fer­til­ity in sub­jects who added 60 grams (about 2 ounces) of mixed nuts to a reg­u­lar Western-style diet. Re­searchers eval­u­ated 119 healthy, male sub­jects be­tween the ages of 18 and 35 and split them into two groups. The men who con­sumed the same diet but re­mained nut-free did not show changes to their fer­til­ity.

Sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in sperm count, vi­tal­ity, motil­ity and mor­phol­ogy were seen in nut con­sum­ing sub­jects, as were re­duc­tions in lev­els of sperm DNA frag­men­ta­tion – a fac­tor as­so­ci­ated with im­paired fer­til­ity.

While these re­sults seem promis­ing, one of the caveats of the study was that the par­tic­i­pants were all healthy and with­out known fer­til­ity chal­lenges.

Given that a grow­ing num­ber of men are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a de­cline in sperm qual­ity and quan­tity linked to fac­tors such as pol­lu­tion and poor diet, fur­ther re­search is needed on men with known fer­til­ity is­sues to de­ter­mine if the di­etary ad­di­tion of nuts is truly ben­e­fi­cial in this area.

EAT IT UP: This study rec­om­mends 60 grams of mixed al­monds, hazel­nuts and wal­nuts a day. Nuts are al­ways a great choice for a clean snack whether you’re look­ing to im­prove your fer­til­ity or not.

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