Eating steak may lower sperm count

Men wanting to father babies should cut down on 'manly' food like burgers and steak...

Men wanting to father babies should cut down on ‘manly’ food like steak and burgers as they can lower sperm counts, new research has revealed.

As reported in today’s Daily Mail, the study from experts at the University of Murcia, Spain, has shown that men can boost their sperm counts by eating more fresh fruit and vegetables – and reducing the amount of red meat and fatty foods like cream in their diets.

The study, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, looked at 30 men with fertility problems and 31 who were healthy.

‘Our previous research showed that men who eat large amounts of meat and full fat dairy products have lower seminal quality than those who eat more fruit, vegetables and reduced fat dairy products,’ said researcher Dr Jaime Mendiola.

‘In this study, we have found that people who consume more fruits and vegetables are ingesting more anti-oxidants and this is the important point.’

‘We saw that, among the couples with fertility problems coming to the clinic, the men with good semen quality ate more vegetables and fruit than those men with low seminal quality’, said Dr Mendiola. Men who ate healthily had more sperm than those who ate large amounts of red meat and fat. Their sperm also swam faster.

According to The Mail, around 40% of men in Northern Europe have sperm quality below the recommended levels for fertility.

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