Can Vegetable & Oils Really Be Foods That Lower Testosterone?
Sadly despite being so widely used, these oils will lower testosterone
They will cause a number of health issues as well
Some of this will likely shock you, so be sure to read to the end!
So Why Look At Vegetable & Seed Oils?
Although not strictly a food, many of us consume vegetable & seed oils in very high volumes. More often than not, it is the most widely available cooking oil in the shops. It’s also what most restaurants use, & has been used to prepare any “pre made” foods that you buy.
So the answer to the question does vegetable oil lower testosterone is a resounding yes. It needs to the be recognised that any produce prepared with vegetable or seed oils are foods that lower testosterone and sadly it is a lot of foods!
So these foods need to be avoided as much as possible & due to lowering testosterone, but the presence of these oils also creates more health issues. We will be covering why these oils lower testosterone and negatively impact your health next. If you’re unsure as to why having lowered T levels is an issue, I suggest you check out the below articles.
They will give you a clearer idea of why having healthy T levels is important.
Why Seed & Vegetable Oils Lower Testosterone & Cause Health Problems
I know this one will come as a shock for many of you, as vegetable oils are often promoted as being healthy. The fact is that any produce, made with them are foods that lower testosterone and that is just a part of the health issues they cause.
The main reasons seed & vegetable oils cause health such health problems are the manufacturing process their omega 6 levels. They are extremely high in omega 6 fats and low in Omega 3. Conventional wisdom is that ratios are meant to be 4: 1 in favour of Omega 6.
Even that is quite often questioned & in a lot of circles a ratio closer to 1:1 is considered best for health & reducing aging. The reason Omega 6 is a problem is that in high amounts, it causes inflammation. Inflammation means that the body isn’t working properly.
That stops the body from performing all of it’s bodily functions properly this includes testosterone production. Most vegetable & seed oils are very high in omega 6, with sunflower, soybean, corn & cotton seed oil being some of the highest.
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So now we’re going to look at the big thing, that is how these oils are produced. These are now frequently referred to as industrial oils in health circles and you will see why!
This is especially for seed oils, the seeds are heated to extremely high temperatures. This leads to the unsaturated fatty acids oxidizing, which creates by-products that are damaging to human & animal health!
These oils are then processed with petroleum based solvents and then a number of chemicals are added to deodorize & improve the colour. This process also produces trans fats which are also bad for our health! On top of that, these oils are extremely refined!
So you can see why these oils and the produce that contain them aren’t just foods that lower testosterone but can also damage wider health.
What Do I Mean By Vegetable & Seed Oils
Seed & vegetable oils includes quite a wide range; but the ones most commonly available & used are as follows:
Just to talk soybean oil a little bit, there have recently been rate studies published, that showed that soy bean oil to be more of an obesogenic & diabetogenic than fructose.
Another study in to soybean oil rats, showed that soybean oil causes neurological damage! While rat studies don’t always translate to humans, we know that these oils are already unhealthy. These findings just adds further fuel that they need to be avoided!
So Where Are These Oils Found
As covered previously, vegetable & seed oils are found in most “pre-made foods” and they are also a heavy feature in processed foods.
These are some of the main places you will find seed & vegetable oils:
Meat Replacements/ alternatives
Crisps/ Potato Chips
Junk Food (Pizza, burgers etc,)
So What Types Of Oils Should You Be Eating
There is a well documented study from the 90’s which clearly demonstrated that human male tests subjects, saw a decrease in testosterone levels with an increase of polyunsaturated fatty acids in their diets (oils high in omega 6 like vegetable & seed).
They saw an increase in testosterone levels with an increased amount of Saturated Fatty acids in their diet. As that study indicated, saturated fats & monounsaturated fats are best as far as testosterone production is concerned.
They are also great for your health, first off they aren’t high in omega 6, in fact they are good sources of omega 3. The omega 3 actually lowers the inflammation caused by omega 6, so your testosterone levels & wider health benefit from that.
Then saturated fats in particular also provide cholesterol & cholesterol is the main building block of testosterone. So for me the best cooking oil for testosterone is coconut oil. A great source of saturated fats, cholesterol and antioxidants.
Secondary choices are monounsaturated fats like olive oil (make sure it’s pure) and avocado oil. These oils will not only boost testosterone; but using them in place of seed oils will improve health as a whole!
You can find out more about the health benefits that can be gained from coconut oil and more reasons to include your diet in the below article.
Hopefully this article has highlighted why that produce made with vegetable & seed oils are foods that lower testosterone production.
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