Pesticides in fruits and vegetables harm male fertility. High percentages lead to a reduced sperm count.
A new US study warns of the risks to male fertility from eating fruits and vegetables with high levels of herbicides, pesticides and other pesticides. The researchers warn that men who eat foods with high levels of pesticide residues may have low sperm counts, as well as poor sperm quality.
Foods High in Pesticides
Foods that contain high levels of pesticides are spinach, strawberries, apples, and pears. In contrast, peas, beans, grapefruit, and onions are low in pesticide residues.
May Affect Male Fertility
The study is the first of its kind to directly link the pesticide content of fresh foods to reduced reproductive performance. The researchers analyzed sperm samples from 155 men between the ages of 18 and 55 who attended assisted reproduction clinics.
Sperm Quality Was Then Correlated With Diet
The analysis showed that men who ate more fruits and vegetables (at least one and a half servings a day), which contained high concentrations of pesticides, had on average 49% fewer sperm per ejaculate and 32% fewer normal sperm, compared to those who ate the least pesticide-laden foods.
On the other hand, the amount of fruits and vegetables (regardless of what pesticides they contained) was not related to sperm quality.
However, the scientists stress that, for now, eating only organic fruits and vegetables, which have fewer pesticides, has not been shown to actually improve your sperm, but it is possible.
To improve sperm, they recommend that men maintain a normal weight, don’t drink or smoke, and don’t wear tight underwear.