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Bacon May Hurt Sperm Quality
Story Updated: Oct 17, 2013
CNN -- Men wanting to boost their sperm count may want to skip the bacon and eat more fish.
Research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Boston links processed meat intake to poorer semen quality. Fish is linked to better semen quality.
Researchers took samples from 156 men and had them answer a questionnaire about their eating habits. Those who ate more processed meat appeared to have a lower percent of "well shaped" sperm.
It is important to note, the study did not look at individual kinds of processed meat.
Researchers found men who ate more white meat fish, like cod and halibut had "normal" shaped sperm, and those who ate more dark fish like salmon, bluefish, and tuna had a higher total sperm count.