January 24, 2013

High Saturated Fat Intake is Linked to Poor Sperm Quality

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that high intake of saturated fat is associated with reduced sperm quality in men and may be associated with infertility.  The study found that men who consumed greater amounts of saturated fat had lower sperm concentrations and lower total sperm counts as compared to men who consumed less saturated fat.

Saturated fat is the fat found primarily in animal products.  It is found in fatty meats, the skin of poultry, and some dairy products, such as whole milk, full-fat yogurt, ice cream and butter.  In addition to its affect on sperm quality saturated fat can also raise cholesterol and is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.  You can cut back on your saturated fat intake by choosing leaner meats, eating skinless chicken and turkey, choosing low-fat or non-fat dairy products, and replacing butter with oil.

It is a good idea to replace saturated fat with more healthful fats, which include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.  Sources of healthful fats include fatty fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil and canola oil, and avocados. Need nutrition support for your fertility? Contact us today!

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