The Highly Inflammatory Foods That Lower Testosterone

Why Are Highly Inflammatory Foods, Foods That Lower Testosterone?

Read On To Learn Why This Is The Case Here

And The Types Of Foods That Cause High Inflammation & Ultimately Lower T!

One of the main types of foods that kill testosterone 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 defence 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

mountain of doughnuts

Table sugar (sucrose) and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are the two main types of added sugars to foods in the West/ western 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

Trans Fats


Trans fats are likely the worse types of fats that you can consume. They are a frequent occurrence in foods that lower testosterone. 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. 

Trans fats are often labelled 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.

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

vegetable oil

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) & usually 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.

The more alcohol you drink the more estrogen you are exposed to and the greater the inflammation in your body, meaning your body produces testosterone even less efficiently!

Processed Meats

tinned ham

Consuming high amounts of processed meats lead to increased inflammation. A lot of people believe that “red meats” are a 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. They 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;

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 even foods that lower testosterone as a whole, just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you. An ingredient that can be used to reduce inflammation is turmeric powder 

If you want to know more foods you should be including in your diet for a natural testosterone booster, check out this article:

Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The Big List

You will see all of my top recommended foods for increasing your T levels. Sharing this article with friends and family will also be appreciated and you can follow me on my social media apps.

So check them out for more tips on the foods that lower testosterone. So you will know other foods that kill testosterone to avoid; and you get more advice on natural testosterone boosters.

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