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24 Foods That Lower Testosterone

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Are There Really 24 Different Foods That Lower Testosterone?

The Answer To That Is Yes & In Reality Far More!

Learn What The Main Foods Are Here & The Brackets They Fall Under

A Fair Few Of Them Are Going To Shock you!

If you want to find out a bit more about why you want to avoid these foods & the importance of testosterone production, check out my article below.

Testosterone And Health 

Soy

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

lentils

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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.

Flaxseed

flax-seeds

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!

Mint

mint

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.

You Can Check Out My Recommended Full Testosterone Boosting Diet Plans Here

Peanuts

Peanut butter is often part of a post workout snack for gm bros across the globe.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news for those guys; but in reality peanuts are actually legumes & not nuts.

As a legume they are very high in phytoestrogens & Omega 6, so increase estrogen levels & inflammation, meaning lower testosterone as well!

Licorice

liquorice

There a few different sweets which contain liquorice like dolly mixtures, there are also things like cough mix, sweets & herbal mixes which also contain liquorice.

The reason that liquorice lowers testosterone is it contains glycyrrhizic acid. Which is shown to decrease testosterone production.

They can lower Testosterone so much that one study reported your levels can be as much as halved after eating liquorice.

Alcohol

beer

All alcoholic drinks lower testosterone production, some are far worse for your T levels than others.

All alcohol is estrogencic but beers & ales are shown to be the most, while clear spirits like vodka & gin are shown to be the least.

Studies also show that the more alcohol you consume, the more T production is restricted!

You Can Check Out My Recommended Full Testosterone Boosting Diet Plans Here

Grains

They contain gluten that can increase prolactin levels and & as a result reduce testosterone levels.

Having a diet rich in dietary fibre can also lower testosterone. Additionally, most grains can suck out essential minerals from the body.

So avoid eating grains if healthy testosterone production is your aim!

Soda/ Pop Drinks

Fizzy pop drink

Soft drinks contain excessive amounts of sugar, as you will see below in the foods high in sugar section, high amounts of sugar kill testosterone production.

Then for the best part soft drinks come in plastic bottles & when you read the bottled water section.

You’ll see plastic bottles expose you to other chemicals that lower testosterone, so not only is the liquid bad for T but the packaging is a well!

Tofu

tofu

Tofu is produced from soy milk, as we’ve covered above, most soy products are genetically modified.

This tends to lead to lower T & other health issues (GMO’s are covered in greater detail a bit further down).

GMO’s are also naturally high in isoflavones which is a type of phytoestrogens.

The same as soy & other soy products, I strongly recommend Tofu is avoided & is definitely one of the main foods that lower testosterone production!

Hummus

Often viewed as a healthy snack & as a whole hummus is healthy but the problem due to mainly being made from chickpeas they are extremely high in phytoestrogens with 993mcg per 100g!

You Can Check Out My Recommended Full Testosterone Boosting Diet Plans Here

Tap & Bottled Water

bottled water

While it may be tempting to reach for bottled water, just know what’s inside may be actually worse than tap water.

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Bottled water exposes to estrogenic compounds found in plastic like BPA, this is a chemical that disrupts your hormones balance on top of lowering testosterone production.

Research has shown that 61% of bottled water samples induce “significant estrogenic response” when tested on a human cancer cell line.

That estrogen activity is three times as high when the water comes in PET plastic bottles when compared with glass.

I actually advise you reduce your exposure to plastic due to the chemicals like BPA, as they are don’t just lower testosterone but can also cause a number of other very serious health issues!

With regard to tap water, it contains all sorts of chemicals including fluoride which again are endocrine disruptors.

They ruin the balance of your hormones including lowering testosterone production.

Trans-fats

mountain of doughnuts

Now these should be included in every kind of list of foods that have a negative impact on your health.

These negative impacts include reduced testosterone production.

This is mainly down to trans fats being highly inflammatory. Inflammation prevents the body from working properly, including lowering testosterone.

Check out my article going in to more details, as to why trans & polyunsaturated fats should be avoided below.

Foods That Lower Testosterone – Omega 6 & Trans Fats

To give you an idea of what foods include Trans-fats, these are any food with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

So this includes most fast food, a lot of baked goods, most popular fast, crisps/ potato chips, donuts etc.

So what many people would class as their treats or in some cases their standard diet.

Limit your intake as much as possible to save your T levels & your wider health!

Pistachios

Pistachios are the nuts with the highest concentration of phytoestrogens. So if you’re a nuts fan I’d recommend Brazil nuts.

Due to their high levels of selenium, saturated and monounsaturated fats, they are an effective testosterone booster.

Walnuts

walnuts

Walnuts are in fact one of the healthiest nuts and as a whole good for your health.

Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case if you’re focusing on increasing testosterone.

This is due to them being rich in our old friend phytoestrogens.

You Can Check Out My Recommended Full Testosterone Boosting Diet Plans Here

Peas

peas

Peas make an ideal side dish if you’re looking for an increase in estrogen.

This is due to them being a high source of phytoestrogens & as we know these increase estrogen & lead to lower testosterone.

Processed Foods

cereal

The number of processed foods available on the market is now bordering on the ridiculous.

In the majority of cases this “process” involves pumping foods full of hormones, preservatives, sugar, trans fats & antibiotics (processed meats especially).

These additions to your food have an adverse effect on testosterone production & even more so at a young age.

This is a problem as highly processed foods are often a hit with kids.

These foods should never be consumed but should especially be reduced to an absolute minimum for those early in life & still developing.

So not only are they foods that lower testosterone, but they can cause other health issues including problems with the brain & the body as a whole.

So opt for organic or zero-additive foods when grocery shopping. It just might save your life.

Low-Fat Meals/ Food

ants and butter

Low-fat meals (think diet food) are awful for testosterone production, first off you need healthy cholesterol, saturated & monounsaturated fats for testosterone production.

Secondly to make these meals taste appealing, they are usually laden with sugar.

Having high amounts of sugar in your diet absolutely kills testosterone levels and you will find out more about this below!

You Can Check Out My Recommended Full Testosterone Boosting Diet Plans Here

Food High in refined sugar (sweets, fizzy drinks, low fat, ready meals etc.)

cookies

High amounts of sugar in your diet is one of the biggest enemies of testosterone production.

This is because eating refined sugar makes blood sugar go very high up and then very low down.

The body reacts to these extreme fluctuations by lowering your insulin sensitivity.

This means higher & higher insulin is having to be released to deal with all the sugar.

A decrease in your insulin sensitivity will lead to not only a significant drop in testosterone production.

It also leads to a drop in human growth hormone (required for muscle gain) eventually it can lead to pre-diabetes & type 2 diabetes. 

High amounts of sugar in your diet really does ruin your health.

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

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.

You Can Check Out My Recommended Full Testosterone Boosting Diet Plans Here

GMO’s

chemicals in a test tube

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!

Condiments

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!

You Can Check Out My Recommended Full Testosterone Boosting Diet Plans Here

Foods High in Vegetable Oils

The most common vegetable oils include sunflower, soybean, canola, peanut cottonseed & corn oil.

Vegetable oils are extremely high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s).

PUFA’s wreak havoc on your hormonal health and are directly related to lower T-levels.

You can find out more about vegetable oils and how they negatively impact testosterone levels & production in my article below.

Foods That Lower Testosterone: Why you should avoid vegetable oil

Foods high in vegetable/ seed oils include margarine, ready to use dough, pre made baked foods & fried foods.

All of these should be considered foods that lower testosterone production and should be avoided wherever possible!

Final Thoughts & Future Articles

I hope you’ve found this article on foods that lower testosterone useful, I don’t expect people to eliminate everything in this list from their diet immediately.

Hopefully you can eventually remove them all, as they all negatively impact testosterone production & wider health.

I appreciate you probably won’t eliminate everything all the time, but this list should enable you to make good choices on a daily basis.

For example opt for organic produce wherever possible.

If you know you’re going to be drinking alcohol one day, try lowering your sugar intake so your testosterone levels don’t suffer too greatly!

Keep an eye out for my future articles and check out my below article on foods that boost testosterone production.

50 Foods That Boost Testosterone Production

This will give you an overview of the best foods to include in your diet for increased testosterone production. 

You Can Check Out My Recommended Full Testosterone Boosting Diet Plans Here

If you have any questions in regard to this article, or foods that lower testosterone, just leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

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I provide plenty more tips on foods that lower testosterone, so you know what to avoid and ways to naturally boost testosterone production.

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32 thoughts on “24 Foods That Lower Testosterone”

  1. R.J. says:

    Hey Nate, interesting read. I had no idea that so many foods and drinks we enjoy lower our testosterone, I have to ask, how important do you think is testosterone to the human body, do you think we’d be more or less better off without it? I love Soda and I love Milk so its hard to imagine that either of those can lower testosterone but the proof is there as I’m looking at it so it definitely makes a valid point about which food and drinks to avoid. Interesting read. 

    1. admin says:

      Hi R.J.

      Thanks it is shocking the amount of things in our diet lower our testosterone production.

      Testosterone is very important for the human body and especially for men. It’s literally the hormone that makes you masculine, lack of testosterone can lead to reduced muscle, increased fat loss, lowered sex drive. It can even lead to severe illness like diabetes, heart strokes & potentially cancer! 

  2. Dale says:

    This is an absolutely well written article.  Its obvious how much time you have put into this.  Im , however going to ask a question.  Exactly why is it so important to lower the testosterone.  I am a diabetic, so would that be any kind of a factor?  I am going to watch for your answer as I will do most anything to stay healthy.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Dale, 

      You want to avoid foods that lower testosterone, most people suffer from low T and this can lead to a number of illnesses and type 2 diabetes is included in this list. 

      If anything you want to increase your testosterone production, I suggest you check out foods that boost testosterone production & Things That Lower Testosterone & Alternatives to get an idea of how to begin to increase your T levels.

      Thanks

  3. julienne murekatete says:

    WOW,very interesting post! First of all i have a question,is it bad to women to consume food or drinks which lower testosterone ? I ask this question because i know testosterone is the hormone which is produced in men’s body.Thank you for sharing such important content with us ;sometimes we take food or drinks without knowing the bad effect they can cause to our body.

    Be blessed

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Julienne, 

      Both men and women need a hormonal balance which includes testosterone, men do need a lot more T than women; but that being said a lot of women suffer from too little testosterone/ too much estrogen so it is something you need to consider.

      Thanks

  4. Heather Bruce says:

    Thank you for this article, my husband is trying to boost his testosterone naturally and I want to support him by making dinners that are “Testosterone Friendly” This is a wonderful list of foods to avoid.  It will be especially hard avoiding whole grains and Hummus as those are a couple of things we love. I see also that you have an article about foods that boost Testosterone so I will read that next.  Thank you for helping me to be able to prepare meals that are healthy for my husband while keeping his Testosterone production up.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Heather, 

      Thanks, I’m glad you found the article useful, yes please do check out my foods that boost testosterone production list, that will help you further, if you want any tips on meals that will boost testosterone, just drop me a message.

      Thanks

  5. Kevin says:

    This post is a good complement to your earlier article, “Foods that Boost Testosterone Production.” This is another great lesson; it was an eye opener for me, as I had no idea that the foods you had named would have a negative effect on the male hormone. You’ve obviously done your homework, once again. For example, I wouldn’t have thought that mint reduces T levels, and that one particular type would have such a negative impact on T production. And this is another amazing fact: “Research has shown that 61% of bottled water samples induce “significant estrogenic response” when tested on a human cancer cell line.” I was amazed, when I read that. Again, a lot of great detailed information. Thanks for posting. 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Kevin,

      I’m glad you found this useful!

      Yeah it’s shocking how much of the standard daily diet are foods that lower testosterone. It’s starting to become a real issue as low T leads to a number of health issues, testosterone and health are strongly linked, you can find out more on this article – testosterone and health

      Thanks

      Nathan

  6. HappyB says:

    This was really new to me. I had heard of plastic water bottles affecting hormone balance but some foods rewgarded as “Healthy!, nuts and soy etc., seem to have an adverse effect on T.

    I was reading through the article and saying to myself: “OK but what CAN I eat?” Then I saw your note at the end regarding foods good for T production.

    Soy beans, mint, whole grains, these are things we regards as being healthy. So now I need to cut back on some of these that I eat a lot.

    I think you are right, there needs to be a balance and reducing the foods rather than cutting them out altohetjer.

    Very helpful article this, I look forward to the next one about foods we CAN eat to boost T.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi, 

      I’m glad you found this article useful !

      Yes unfortunately a lot of misinformation has been spread over the past two decades with regards to what foods we should eat in the west & our health. 

      Yes check out this article – foods that boost testosterone production – This will help you with foods that you should focus on for increased T.

      It’s also worth checking out this article on how low T effects your health: Low Testosterone & Health

  7. William says:

    I found the article, “Foods that lower Testosterone – the Big List” extremely helpful, but it was at the same time very shocking. There are a few things that I personally was not aware of: Firstly, that the levels of men who are supposed to be testosterone dominant lowered drastically during the last two decades. Secondly, that so many food types (mostly my hot favorites) are the culprit for lowering the production of testosterone.

    Personally, I already struggles with high blood pressure and also to loose abdominal fat. This is an eye-opener for me. I am sure that especially men would regard this article as extremely important and informative. It will undoubtedly assist them make new and responsible choices with regard to food. It is therefore important to also read the article on food that on the other hand boost the testosterone production. This article is a must read. Thank you, Nate.      

    1. admin says:

      Hi William

      I’m glad you found this article useful, yeah unfortunately is the not the only contributor but one of the major ones for lowered testosterone.

      To look at ways to increase your testosterone with your diet check out Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The Big List

      Increasing your T will help you with lowered blood pressure & losing abdominal fat, check out these other posts that will help you increase your T levels.

      Things That Lower Testosterone & Alternatives That Won’t Part 1

      Foods That Lower Testosterone & Alternatives Part 1

  8. Shane says:

    Wow! I did not know peanuts that can lower your t – levels that’s crazy that is something I never knew great information.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Shane,

      Yeah it’s funny as peanuts are widely used by gym fans but yes it is one of the foods that lower testosterone and lower T leads to reduced muscle mass & fat loss. If you’re a fan of peanuts I suggest you check out this article on foods that lower testosterone & alternatives that won’t it which will give you an idea of nuts that won’t lower testosterone.

  9. Rich-allee says:

    Well as a vegetarian this was a little earth shattering… Do you have any recommendations for vegetarians/vegans on what foods provide the best testosterone boosts? My poor beloved pistachios man. Would you recommend completely eliminating these foods from my diet or try to just minimize or balance them out with foods that are more test promoting? 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Rich, 

      I’d advise having as much organic dairy as possible, cook with coconut oil, eat organic eggs, There are a number of fruits & cruciferous vegetables that all help increase testosterone so all is not lost!

      Check out this foods that boost testosterone production & foods that lower testosterone & alternatives articles for an idea of food replacements and what to include in your diet.

      For me it is about balance, for example don’t down handfuls of pistachios, lots of beer and lentils all in one day!

  10. andrejs says:

    Since I’m over 50, I think I should raise my testosterone. When I saw this list, I got a little confused. It turns out that many products I like even lower T levels. I guess I’ll have to review my menu. Especially the fact that Pistachios and Walnuts and are on this list which I like very much. Thank you.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Andrejs,

      Yeah your testosterone levels do start decreasing after the age of 30, so it’s definitely worth looking at. Yeah I suggest you check out this foods that boost testosterone production & foods that lower testosterone & alternatives articles for an idea of food replacements and what to include in your diet.

  11. DerrAd says:

    That’s very comprehensive and well thought article. The list of food seemed unending while I was reading because I’m always eating a couple of them every day and it kind of scares me. Whiles I find your article interesting and an eye opening, is there any scientific research paper or article covering these list of foods? I would be grateful to have a look at that because I need to know more about this. Thanks for the information. 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi DerrAd,

      There are several studies covering the effects of these different foods on testosterone production. Unfortunately there are way too many different studies for me to list them all for you, however if you google studies, you will find plenty!

  12. David says:

    Wow! Very interesting information. As an older male, I struggle to keep my T levels up as I believe that it’s important to maintain balanced, healthy levels of our hormones as we age. I had no idea I was doing the opposite by eating these types of foods, which otherwise are healthy and most of which I absolutely love to eat. I’ll check out your posts on alternatives and foods that boost testosterone.  Thanks for the article. 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi David, 

      Yeah your testosterone levels do start to lower as you age, particularly once you pass the age of 30. Yes keeping your testosterone levels healthy is important, check out these article on testosterone and health to get a feel for why it’s important.

      Yes please do check out those articles, they will help give you a good idea of what foods you ideally want to include in your diet.

  13. Strahinja says:

    Hi Nate,thank you for this detailed explanation. I didn’t know that all of that has influence on the level of testosterone. I love pistachios, peanuts and walnuts. I always have them ‘beside’ me when I work on the computer. I read how great they are for brain and some other parts of the body. I never presumed that they could lower test. level. After reading this article, I will consider eating them less. Fortunately, I don’t use too much of other food you listed – sometimes I take chocolate milk with breakfast or bread when I lunch, but I tend to buy rye bread or the one without gluten. My sister is a vegetarian, but she rarely uses soy, she said that probably its GMO, although its still not as much contaminated here as in the USA. It’s great that you put all this info, I will read about products and food more next time, to get the whole picture.Best wishes,Strahinja 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Strahinja,

      I personally believe it is all about balance when it comes to testosterone production. Pistachios do lower T production but if you don’t eat other foods that lower T, it shouldn’t be that bad. I do recommend checking out this foods that boost testosterone production article to make sure you are getting enough in your diet that also increases testosterone to counter the few things you eat that lowers it.

  14. Reader39 says:

    I’m quite shocked about the foods we can’t eat, because it lowers testosterone. I follow a ketogenic diet, with no grains, no sugar, no GMO foods, no vegetable oils, but I did include nuts and seeds (50 gram in total per day). Do you think I need to remove these amounts as well from my diet and rather get my fats from other sources like avocado, fatty fish, olives, olive oil, bacon and eggs? Or should i just lower the amount? I’m doing keto to prevent diabetes type 2.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Reader39, 

      The keto diet is actually a very effective one for increased testosterone production, it’s hard to say with the nuts as essentially the rest of your diet is great for increasing T. I would recommend perhaps swapping some nuts out for avocado, oily fish etc. – I’d also advise you check out this foods that lower testosterone & alternatives that won’t article to check out my recommended nuts that don’t lower T

  15. Dany says:

    What an impressive list you have here. I know only about soybeans and tofu that are a no-no, but your list opens my eyes. I have to share with my husband as he likes pistachios and milk. But what to do with tap and bottled water? When you travel, especially by plane, the bottled water is the only option. According to the foods list, legumes and vegetables are not for men, so from the few available options, meat, but not from the processed foods, is the only option. Thank you for an informative article.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Dany, 

      With bottled water, I use a glass bottle with a water filter which I fill from the tap/ other bottles. You can check out options on this things that lower testosterone & alternative products article. There are quite a few vegetable and fruit options that won’t lower testosterone, check out this foods that boost testosterone production article to get a feel for foods your husband should be including in his diet

  16. shannon ard says:

    Wow this was a very insightful and enlightening.
    Do you think the Keto diet is better for this?
    Just wondering if that is a better alternative .

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Shannon,

      The keto diet is a good way to increase testosterone production, as is the Paleo diet.

      I’d say it’s one of the better options, Primal EatingPrimal EatingPrimal Eating is really good for testosterone and health as a whole as well!

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