It might be time to stop tucking into that fry-up guys as, according to a new study, bacon and sausage may actually be ruining your sperm.
The findings from the study, published in the medical journal ‘Fertility & Sterility’, suggest that eating sausage, bacon and canned meat might be killing men’s chances of reproducing.
Researchers were concerned specifically with couples undergoing infertility treatment.
They studied 141 men whose female partners underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF) at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2007 to 2014. Using dietary questionnaires, they determined the scope of each man’s typical meat intake.
And men who avoided processed proteins like sausage, bacon and canned meat had a 28% higher success rate than those who had a fry-up regularly.
However, on the bright side, the study found no link between overall meat consumption and successful fertilisation, regardless of treatment technique. Plus, for men who ate a large amount of poultry, the fertilisation rate was actually 13% higher than those who didn’t.
The research also found that bacon eating guys in couples who used the more expensive ICSI technique – in which a single sperm is injected into an egg – were actually just as successful as their processed meat-avoiding counterparts. So, it’s not all bad news for those who love their rashers!
Although the reasons for bacon consumption affecting the guys was not immediately clear to researchers, the results do follow the recommended healthy eating lifestyle doctors prescribe to couples undergoing IVF treatment.
In a news release, Dr. Rebecca Sokol, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said:
This study suggests that the type of meat a man consumes may influence his sperm’s ability to fertilize an egg. Eating a healthy diet is an easy change to make, and worth making for reproductive health as well as overall health.
So there you go. Chicken = good sperm, bacon = bad sperm. Or, alternatively, eat whatever you like and just go for a run every once in a while and you’ll probably be okay.