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 increase your testosterone production 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/ 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:
- Insulin Resistance
- Chronic Kidney Disease
Foods that are typically high in sugar are:
- Soft Drinks
- Table Sauces
- 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. Trans 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 (26Trusted Source).
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
- Maragaines/ Vegetable Spreads
- 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.
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!
Consuming high amounts of processed meats lead to increased inflammation, a lot of people believe that “red meats” are the 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:
- 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.
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 to increase T, 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.