- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
Drinking Whole Milk Can Damage Your Sperm And Lead To Infertility
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health has revealed that eating even a small amount of full-fat dairy products can increase young men's risk of infertility. And that small amount is equal to: three slices of cheese, three teaspoons of cream, three scoops of ice cream, and three cups of whole milk.
The researchers surveyed 189 healthy young men in the age of 19-25, and checked their quality of sperm. The participants all exercised at least one and a half hour a week, and weren't obese. The researchers surveyed how much of dairy products, fruits, meant, and other foods they eat. And the participants' sperms were tested for their travel speed and shape.
The result revealed that participants who ate full-fat dairy products in the amount described above (three slices of cheese, three teaspoons of cream, three scoops of ice cream, and three cups of whole milk) daily had their sperm 25% more deformed sperms. The researchers presumed that the female hormone estrogen, pesticides, heavy metals, chloride compounds, and other possible components in dairy products are the cause of deformed sperms.
But Dr. Allan Pacey, the Chairman of the British Fertility Society said "25% deformity in sperms isn't significant enough to be alarmed for infertility, and shouldn't be reason to avoid dairy products.
The research findings were presented at the annual convention of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and British news website Daily Mail had an article about the issue on October 24, 2012.
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