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Eating bacon lowers sperm quality

Well what do you know? Shocking as it may sound, eating meat isn’t good for you, and may be particularly bad for your reproductive health if you’re a man. I know what some people may be thinking: But but but aren’t macho men supposed to eat a lot of meat? Aren’t they macho because they eat meat? Vegan men are the ones who are supposed to be the sissies! This new study that has been making a lot of news can’t be right!

Of course, this study shouldn’t come as a big surprise to regular readers of this blog. According to the study, which was presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston:

Overall, men who consumed more than half a portion of processed meats such as bacon each day had significantly lower levels of “normal” sperm, compared to men who ate less than half a portion of processed meats per day.

Like I’ve already said, this shouldn’t come as a big surprise to the devotees of Wild Juggling because just a few weeks ago on september 25th, I already posted a study which demonstrated a link between meat consumption and poor semen quality: Semen quality and diet. I’m sure many of my followers knew this or at least suspected this before I posted that study.

Will a lot of men consider going vegetarian or even vegan due to how meat consumption may negatively affect their reproductive health? That’s very doubtful, since most people have short attention spans and will be very cynical toward news that challenges their lifestyle. Of course, leave it to the media to cover the problems with meat-eating piecemeal. With the countless other terrible things meat consumption is associated with, sperm quality should be the least of everyone’s worries.

Semen quality and diet


Sperm fertilizing egg. Source – Public domain.

We rarely discuss reproductive health on this blog, so I thought it was about time we looked into how diet can affect semen quality. According to the Department of Reproductive Biology and Medicine, Instituto Bernabeu, Alicante, Spain, in Food intake and its relationship with semen quality: a case-control study:


Frequent intake of lipophilic foods like meat products or milk may negatively affect semen quality in humans, whereas some fruits or vegetables may maintain or improve semen quality.

Yet another negative consequence of meat consumption. So much for the idea it is required for virility.