There’s some bad news for the little swimmers. And we’re not talking the little swimmers in the swimming pool. No, we’re talking about the little swimmers in the gene pool that make the little swimmers in the swimming pool.
Researchers sampled sperm from 155 men who went to a fertility clinic between 2007 and 2012 because their lady friends were having trouble getting pregnant.
They asked the men about the fruits and vegetables they ate. Turns out foods like peppers, spinach, strawberries, apples, and pears tend to have high levels of pesticide residue, while peas, beans, grapefruit, and onions have lower levels.
Then they compared the answers to the US Department of Agriculture information about the pesticide levels on fruits and vegetables.
And here’s what the found: men who ate at least one-and-a-half servings a day of produce with high levels of pesticides had about half as many swimmers as men who ate only half a serving. They also had about two-thirds of the normal sperm levels,
Even when taking into account cigarette smoking, and the men’s height and weight, which can affect sperm quality.
This doesn’t mean guys should stop eating fresh produce if they want to have kids.
It just means you might have to try a little harder. That’s just some food for thought.