Soy is an extremely popular source of protein for vegetarians & vegans.
So if you’re worried about your testosterone I suggest avoiding all soy products.
Soy contains phytoestrogens which have been shown to increase estrogen levels, which is not ideal if optimized testosterone production is your aim.
Soy is also shown to damage your thyroid as your thyroid is important for the production of multiple hormones, including testosterone, any damage to the thyroid negatively impacts testosterone production.
Most soy products in the West are genetically modified which is never great for your health including testosterone production.
The final thing is that if you are using as a main source of protein, it also doesn’t provide any cholesterol & cholesterol is the building block of T!
So this a case of opportunity cost, you are missing out on an opportunity to support healthy testosterone production as well!
Lentils/ Beans/ Legumes
Another popular source of protein amongst vegetarians and vegans.
Again they are low in fat and high in phytoestrogens, raising estrogen & you miss out on the opportunity to support testosterone production.
Flaxseeds are viewed as a super food as they are high in fibre, omega 3 oils and anti-oxidants.
Their health benefits are legitimate but should be avoided as far as testosterone production is concerned.
This is due to them being very high in lignans which mimic estrogenic activity & bind to testosterone, so it can’t be utilized.
If you want a good source Omega 3, I suggest fish oil supplements or eating oily fish!
Both Pepper & Spearmint are shown to greatly reduce testosterone levels.
It’s spearmint you need to be most wary of though; as it’s shown to reduce your T levels almost twice as much as peppermint does.
So anything with mint in should be considered as being one of the foods that lower testosterone but be extra wary of spearmint.
While it needs to be recognized as one of the foods that lower testosterone, the risk sugar poses is far wider & grater than just lowered T!
Milk on paper has a great nutritional profile for testosterone production due to being high in fats.
In many ways, it should be considered as one of the foods that lowers testosterone & the problem is two fold.
The first is most milking cows are given a number of hormones which leads to them having increased estrogen production.
This ends up in the milk & more research is needed, but it may increase serum estrogen levels.
You can opt for organic milk as a way to avoid this issue. The next issue is most people drink skimmed & semi-skimmed milk.
They think being lower in fat, it’s healthier. Which in reality is inaccurate anyway, but then it’s also the fat that contains most of the nutritional benefit. This includes aiding with testosterone production.
So best case scenario is you drink organic milk that isn’t full fat, you may not see an increase in testosterone production.
The worse case scenario is drinking regular milk with added hormones which can potentially increase serum estrogen levels.
Either way neither scenario is an option that you want. I’d recommend keeping milk intake minimal & opting full fat & organic when you do have it.
GMO’s or genetically modified foods in the most basic terms are food that have had an insecticide gene implanted into their DNA.
This is usually done to allow them to be resistant to the effects of pesticides, this allows farmers to use more pesticides without killing the crop.
The list of GMO foods is increasing daily but at present the main ones include corn, canola, soy, sugar beets & cottonseed oil.
So if you are using any of these, you need to stop!
The most common issue that comes from consuming GMO foods is an increase in gastrointestinal, immune disorders and its shown to be toxic to testicular cells which leads to a disruption in testosterone synthesis.
In short this means less testosterone is produced. They can also cause stomach issues & potentially serious illness!
GMO’s shouldn’t just be looked at as foods that lower testosterone but foods that are bad for your wider health!
Now I’m not saying that all table sauces are evil but I do suggest you check the ingredients.
A number of condiments contain Soy & an even larger number are very high in sugars, as we’ve covered in this article both are included as foods that lower testosterone.
Both high amounts of sugar & Soy a negative impact on your testosterone levels!
Non Organic Fruit & Veg
The pesticides that are sprayed on non organic fruit & vegetables are shown to be endocrine disruptors.
That means these chemicals disrupt the balance of hormones including lowering testosterone production.
Again like the insecticides inserted into GMO’s these chemicals can also cause a number of other health issues!