Does His Sperm Need a Diet? Fatty Food Linked to Poor Sperm Quality

Can you save his sperm by cutting out the junk food?

If your guy thinks the four food groups are pizza, macaroni and cheese, burgers and doughnuts, it might be time for a diet makeover that involves, well, none of the above -- especially if you’re having trouble in the baby-making department.

Consider it a dire case of sink or swim for his sperm.

A small study recently published in the journal Human Reproduction found that guys whose diets were high in saturated fat (think fast food, cheese and red meat) had a lower sperm count and sperm concentration than those who ate the least. Men who ate plenty of omega-3s -- the “good” fats found in fish -- had more sperm that were formed correctly.

Yup, you read that right. Kind of scary to think that the one sperm that makes its way to your egg might be a mutant one. If that’s not enough reason to strap on a chastity belt until he promises to eat his leafy greens and salmon, we don’t know what is.

No wonder another study found that men who have a woman in the house are more fertile. I’ve been trying to get my husband to eat more vegetables -- and less crap -- since we moved in together. My success has been limited. But, it just so happens that we’re also trying to start a family. And if there’s one thing that can make a guy jump when you tell him to, it’s putting the kibosh on sex. Normally, I don’t like to resort to those kinds of ultimatums, but if it’s a matter of baby or no baby -- or worse, a mutant Wolverine baby -- I think I’m okay striking below the belt. Let’s just hope I don’t turn him into a closet-junk-food-eater. Could that be what happened to Mel Gibson?

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