So in this article, we are going to look at some of the most commonly eaten foods that lower testosterone and alternatives that won’t lower T.
Why Look At What You Eat At All
Your diet is one major things that impacts wider health & hormone production as a whole.
This includes your testosterone production, unfortunately there are multiple foods that lower testosterone production.
What is perhaps more worrying is the large amount of disinformation out there in terms of what foods are healthy for you.
We all have to eat & as such our diet is arguably the biggest influencer of our testosterone levels & best opportunity for an all natural testosterone booster.
The Types Of Food To Avoid
There are lots of foods that lower testosterone but most fall in to the below categories:
- Non Organic Foods
- Genetically Modified/ GM Foods
- Foods High In Sugar
- Highly Processed Foods
- Foods High In Omega 6
- Low Fat/ Diet Food
- Pulses / Beans/ Legumes
- Vegetable/ Seed Oils
So for this first part we’re going to look at is “Pulses/ Beans/ Legumes”, “Vegetable Oils” & “Nuts” in a bit more detail.
We are going to investigate why these foods lower testosterone & look at similar alternatives that won’t lower your T levels!
Pulses / Beans/ Legumes
These are popular source of protein amongst vegetarians and vegans and include things like lentils, split peas, chickpeas etc.
They are low in fat and high in protein, which is why some people consider them healthy, sadly they are usually very high in phytoestrogens as well.
Phytoestrogens are dietary estrogens found in plant based foods.
If increased testosterone is your aim you want to avoid phytoestrogens as much as possible!
The other thing that is an issue, is the lack of dietary fat, for healthy testosterone production you need to have a diet rich in saturated & monounsaturated fats.
If you’re relying on these foods for your main source of protein, you probably aren’t getting enough healthy fats, which will hamper testosterone production.
Alternatives To Pulses / Beans/ Legumes
To be honest there aren’t any “like for like” alternatives, the main thing I can advise is limit intake as much as possible.
If you are eating as a protein source, swap for dairy and meats where possible (preferable free range or organic)!
Vegetable/ Seed Oils
So vegetable oils have been promoted as a healthy cooking oil for a few decades now & are the standard cooking oils in most western homes.
The problem is that vegetable oils aren’t actually healthy, this is due to a few different reasons.
The primary one being they are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and omega 6.
These lead to increased inflammation, which leads to a number of health issues, including lower testosterone production.
The other key reason vegetable & seed oils are so poor & health as a whole, is how highly processed they are!
They are literally bleached with a multitude of chemicals, I can’t stress enough that they should be removed from your diet!
For improved testosterone production & health as a whole!
Alternatives To Vegetable Oils
There are a couple of options out there which are better for both your testosterone production and your wider health.
I’d advise one of the following cooking oils (ideally organic) for great tasting food, that has health benefits, won’t lower testosterone and even help boost testosterone production.
Coconut oil, tallow, lard & butter are excellent sources of saturated fats. As such they are a source of cholesterol, the building block of testosterone.
So all of these are great options to help boost testosterone production & far healthier than vegetable oils as a whole!
They are all fairly easy to get hold of as well. Butter you can pretty much get anywhere; & the rest you may be able to get in your local supermarket.
The others you can get definitely get on Amazon UK & US & they a pretty wide range, I’m sure other regional versions of amazon will as well.
Nuts are often viewed as a healthy snack and in some scenarios that is true.
For the best part though, most nuts lower testosterone production. This is for a few different reasons.
The majority of nuts in their natural form are high in polyunsaturated fats & omega 6, which as we’ve covered this leads to increased inflammation.
Most nuts are also high in phytoestrogens, so things like peanut butter & almond butter that are used as part of a post workout snacks.
Are actually leading to lowered testosterone production!
The good news for nut lovers, is that Brazil nuts have a great nutrition profile far testosterone production.
They are very high in selenium, just 2 – 3 is gives you your daily requirement.
Selenium greatly aids thyroid health, which is vital for healthy hormone production, including testosterone production,
Brazil nuts also have good levels of monounsaturated and reasonable levels of saturated fats.
You can even get Brazil nut butter, if you’re partial to Almond/ peanut butter which is really nice.
Again they are quite easy to source on places like Amazon & “whole food” type stores:
There are also Tiger Nuts, while not strictly nuts they taste a bit like hazelnuts and are generally known as “Tiger Nuts”.
The studies to date have only been conducted on rats; but the results showed a significant increase in testosterone production.
In some cases testosterone levels, almost doubled, so they are a very promising looking all natural testosterone booster.
Again you can source Tiger Nuts on Amazon, you can also check out the study I’m referring to here:
Final Thoughts & Future Posts
I hope you have found this article useful, as I will be creating parts two & three to cover more foods that lower testosterone, & alternatives you can opt for that won’t.
If you want to see an in depth list of foods that lower testosterone check out this article:
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