Foods That Lower Testosterone: Highly Inflammatory Foods

Welcome to this article on foods that lower testosterone, one of the main types of foods that lower T are ones that cause inflammation. Now inflammation is not all bad; it can be good or bad depending on the situation. The positive is that it’s your body’s natural way of defense and healing when you’re injured or sick.

The negative is that sustained inflammation in your body is linked to an increased risk of diseases and illness, inflammation also stops the body working effectively, so things like your testosterone production is considerably lowered.

There are lots of foods that prompt your body to become inflamed and what we are going to look at today are the biggest culprits, so you can limit your intake, to help you get a natural testosterone booster and improve your wider health.

Foods High in Sugar & Fructose Corn Syrup

Table sugar (sucrose) and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are the two main types of added sugars to foods in the West/ Mountain Of Doughnutswestern diet. Standard table Sugar is usually 50% glucose & 50% fructose, while high-fructose corn syrup is approximately 45% glucose and 55% fructose, both of these are a major cause of inflammation.

One thing to clarify is that the small amounts of fructose found in fruits and vegetables is fine and not the same as the amounts of fructose found in added sugars.

There have been multiple mice and human studies conducted in to the effects of high sugar intake on the body, all of them have shown that higher sugar intake lead to increased inflammation.

On top of inflammation causing lowered testosterone production, research has also found that the inflammation caused by high fructose increases the risk factor for heart disease, eating a lot of fructose is also linked to the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Obesity

Foods that are typically high in sugar are:

  • Sweets
  • Chocolate
  • Soft Drinks
  • Cakes
  • Cereals
  • Table Sauces
  • Doughnuts
  • Pastries
  • Low fat/ diet foods
  • Jar/ Packet Cooking Sauces

Artificial Trans Fats

Trans fats are likely the worse types of fats that you can consume. These trans fats aren’t naturally occurring, they are created by adding hydrogen to unsaturated fats (unsaturated fats are liquid form) to give them the stability of a solid fat. MargarineTrans fats are often labeled as “partially hydrogenated” oils so you need to look out for these as well and most usually found in processed floods.

Unlike their naturally occurring counter parts found in meat and dairy, artificial trans fats are shown to cause inflammation and with this comes lowered testosterone production, increased risk of disease and illness.

They also lower “good” HDL cholesterol, which the body requires for T production, so negatively impacts testosterone production on that front as well. The same as with fructose, the inflammation caused by trans fats can increase the risk of heart disease.

In fact, in one study, CRP levels were 78% higher in women who reported the highest trans fat intake.

Food typically high in trans-fat include foods like French fries and other fried fast foods. They are also typically found in the following:

  • Ready Made Cakes
  • Ready Made cookies
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Margarines/ Vegetable Spreads
  • Doughnuts
  • Ready made pastries
  • Any foods that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils

Vegetable and Seed Oils

Statistics have shown that throughout the 20th century, that in the US the consumption of vegetable oils has increased by as much as 130%! Research has suggested that some vegetable oils due to the very high levels of Omega 6 lead to inflammation. Omega 6 is required for energy but having an excess which is typical in a western diet lead to the body becoming inflamed.

The inflammation caused by Omega 6 is why Omega 3 has become so popular, as improving your ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 means your body will benefit from the inflammation reducing properties of omega-3. Vegetable and seed oils are often used in households as cooking oils (I suggest avoiding) and are often a major ingredient in many processed ready-made foods.

Excessive Alcohol

Alcohol intake as a whole isn’t great for your testosterone levels, as most alcohol is very estrogenic (beers & ales especially), while a small amount of alcohol doesn’t do too much damage, higher amounts can lead to severe problems from a testosterone production as the more alcohol you drink the more estrogen you are exposed to and the greater the inflammation making your body produce testosterone even less efficiently!

Processed Meats

Consuming high amounts of processed meats lead to increased inflammation, a lot of people believe that “red meats” are Hanging Sausagesthe major killer; but it’s actually processed meats that pose the real risk. Processed meats contain more advanced glycation ends, these are formed by cooking meats at a high temperatures and have been shown to cause inflammation.

On top of lowering testosterone production, eating high amounts of processed meats can lead to a number of health issues with the strongest connection being to colon cancer, there are many factors that can contribute to colon cancer but inflammatory response to processed meat is believed to be one of the key ones.

When talking about processed meats, we are typically referring to the following:

  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Salami
  • Hams
  • Jerkies
  • Burgers
  • Reformed meats

Final Thoughts & Articles Advising Foods That Help Increase T

I hope you have found this article on foods that lower testosterone useful! Hopefully you now have an understanding of why inflammation is a risk to your testosterone production and your wider health; and know what foods you need to avoid/ reduce your consumption of to lower your risk of inflammation and for a natural testosterone booster.

If you have any questions or queries in regard to inflammation and its effect on testosterone production or foods that lower testosterone as a whole, just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you. If you want to know what foods you should be including in your diet natural testosterone booster, check out this article on Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The Big List and you will see all of my top recommended foods for increasing your T levels.

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16 thoughts on “Foods That Lower Testosterone: Highly Inflammatory Foods

  1. HI Nate.

    Thanks for a great article, on a super important issue. I am a 46 year old male, so keeping my testosterone up is definitely a priority to me. 😉
    Besides that, all of the other potential dangers, and diseases you list are something that I absolutely want to keep at bay.

    I’m curious. I have been dabblign with LCHF / KETO for a while. What’s your take on those with regards to testosterone? One thing that I noticed, is that when I eat LCHF/KETO I don’t eat any sugar, I avoid the trans fats/vegetable oils etc… Except for some bacon, and some lunch meats, I stay away from pretty much all of the problematic foods you mention here. That of course, is good news, but I can’t help but being a little concerned with the large amounts of fats consumed on this type of diet.
    Could you shed some light on this?

    Thanks in advance!

    ANd thanks for a great post, and an informative site.

    Best wishes,

    1. Hey Michael,

      I’m glad you’ve found this article useful!

      Yeah I think both diet types are great for increased testosterone production, sugar causes insulin spikes and insulin spikes supress hormone production. With regards to the high amounts of fats, healthy HDL saturated, monounsaturated fats and cholesterol all greatly aid with testosterone production.

      High fat diets (assuming they are high in the above fats) are great for both increased testosterone production and fat loss. I actually recommend a keto diet eating plan for increased testosterone production, which you can check out here: Keto Resource ReviewKeto Resources ReviewKeto Resources Review

  2. Artificial trans fats??? Partially hydrogenated oil??? I never knew! I did know that one shouldn’t eat margarine, but I didn’t realize how deep the problem really is. It definitely seems to be a part of a large problem with us humans where we find one fault with some ingestible, then stop using it and overcompensate with things that may actually be worse. People make millions off of our gullibility. 🙁
    Thank you for this informative article!

    1. Hey Cathy,

      Yep sadly our foods are full of these things! 🙁

      Yeah the experts have got it wrong for multiple years, sadly it now appears to be too late for them to roll his bad info back, so we have educate ourselves. Yep these foods and ingredients that cause inflammation not only testosterone production; but cause multiple health issues. I’m gad you found this article useful!

  3. Really great article regarding low testosterone. I have been striving to buy as little ready to eat food as possible and cooking as much as possible from scratch. I have found real butter to be a staple in my cooking. It is healthier and adds more flavor than margarine.

    1. Hi Christian,

      I’m glad you found this article useful. That’s great the more you make food from scratch and raw ingredients, the more you will avoid foods that lower testosterone.

      Yes butter is actually good for testosterone production due to the high levels of cholesterol, it certainly healthier and tastes better than margarine, keep up the good work!

  4. It’s really sad that so many of the items, called food, sold in supermarkets these days are actually processed or manufactured, and changed beyond recognition and are actually harmful to us in that they cause disease in our bodies. Years ago, my mum always told me to eat a balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables. This is still good advice, as humans have evolved by consuming raw, natural unprocessed foods for most of history. this sudden preoccupation with processed and packaged foods is not natural for our bodies and as a result, we are seeing an increase in disease and a proliferation of new problems that we have not seen before.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge of what food/items are not helping us maintain healthy bodies.

    1. Hi Andrew,

      It is sad that these foods are manufactured and processed beyond recognition. These being foods that lower testosterone are just the “tip of the iceberg” as far as they impact health. They do ruin your health and can cause multiple issues including some very serious problems and disease.

  5. Nate, another great article that is jammed packed with awesome ideas. With my busy schedule at times I have a bad habit of eating ready made foods but as of late I try to cook healthy dishes because I can tell the difference of how I feel depending on what I eat.

    I think my weakest cravings is fast food like burgers and fries. Actually I was not even aware of Jerkies. I believed them to be somewhat healthy but now I know.

    Thanks for providing such a comprehensive list of ideas for us to follow.

    1. Hey Nate,

      Cheers your feedback is always appreciated!

      I’m glad you found it useful, yeah cooking meals from scratch is always your best option!

      Yeah the occasional burger and fries certainly won’t kill you, you do ideally want to make it occasional for both your testosterone production and your wider health.

  6. Hi Nate. To be honest with you, I didn’t really know about testorone and foods that lower it. But of course I always try to learn new things about health care, so coming across your article really help me understand some things.
    First time I hear about artificial trans fat. Well I knew that too much alcohol can cause problems. Also might have picked somewhere about the danger of processed meats.
    This article is very informative. I might revisit it to absorb more of the information. Good job writing it. Have a nice day.

    1. Hi Georgios,

      I’m glad you found it interesting and useful.

      Yeah your testosterone levels are very important, especially for male health.

      If you aren’t aware how testosterone levels impact your health, check out these articles on Testosterone And HealthTestosterone And HealthTestosterone And Health

  7. Hello and thank you so much for sharing this article with us all. I heard that the level of testosterone in men get lower as they age. But seeing all these other foods that may speed up the process is really a great knowledge enricher. My husband eats most of these and considerably consumes alcohol, I will surely share this post with him as I am sure, it would help to sensitize him about the dangers he is exposing himself to. Thanks

    1. Hey Tracy, 

      I’m glad you found this article useful!

      Yes testosterone levels do naturally lower as you age but things like these foods, alcohol and chemicals we are exposed to, speed up this up as you rightly said. Yeah get him to take a look, having low testosterone levels has quite a few negative impacts, some of them are rather serious!

  8. I must commend the importance of such post to everyone. Most people suffer from these things without knowing they are the cause of the problem in the first instance. The consumption of some food and drinks generally without proper knowledge of usefulness and possible side effects of these things needs to be addressed.
    Your list contains alot of things that can affect the testosterone level of anyone. Thanks for the link on food tto boost testosterone. This a post that is worth the time of reading. Thanks for sharing

    1. Hi Chloe, 

      Thanks for recognition!

      I’m glad you found it useful, yes sadly many people eat a lot of these foods that lower testosterone and lead to a number of health issues and they aren’t even aware until it is too late!

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