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Study: Bacon Lowers Sperm Count

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SAN RAFAEL, CA - AUGUST 17:  Packages of bacon are displayed on a shelf at United Market August 17, 2010 in San Rafael, California. As Americans consume more bacon, supplies have become short and the price is starting to go up. The price of pork bellies has risen to $1.40 a pound in August, up from 94 cents a pound in June.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN RAFAEL, CA – AUGUST 17: Packages of bacon are displayed on a shelf at United Market August 17, 2010 in San Rafael, California. As Americans consume more bacon, supplies have become short and the price is starting to go up. The price of pork bellies has risen to $1.40 a pound in August, up from 94 cents a pound in June. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD (CBS CONNECTICUT) – A new study says that men should stay away from bacon if they are trying to become fathers.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health evaluated more than 150 men by having them complete a questionnaire and provide sperm samples.

Men who ate between one and three servings of processed meats, like bacon, had worse sperm shapes than men who ate the fewest servings.  Men who ate the most white meat fish like halibut, had better sperm shape than those men who ate the least.

“We found the effect of processed meat intake lowered quality and fish raised quality,” Dr. Myriam Afeiche, Harvard School of Public Health research explained to the Daily Mail.

The Mayo Clinic states men are likely to be fertile if their ejaculate contains more than 15 million sperm per milliliter that is of good quality and movement.

Researchers also found that men who ate the most dark meat fish like salmon, bluefish and tuna had a total sperm count about 34 percent higher than men who ate the least amount of fish.

The study was presented Oct. 14 at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting.

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