In this article we’re covering one of the most commonly consumed foods that lower testosterone production. Although not strictly a food, many of us consume vegetable oil in very high volumes. It’s the most commonly available “cooking” oil in super markets & it’s what most restaurants use, hence why it’s important you recognise it as one of the foods that lower testosterone so you can avoid whenever possible! If you’re unsure as to why having lowered T levels is an issue, I suggest you check out these Testosterone And Health Articles – They will give you a clearer idea of why having healthy T levels is important.
Vegetable Oils – What is The Issue
I know this one will come as a shock for many of you, as vegetable oils are often promoted as being healthy and they’re a staple cooking oil for many people; but vegetable oils aren’t great for your health as a whole & need to recognised as one of the foods that lower testosterone. This is largely down to them being high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and omega 6 fats. These lead to increased inflammation and higher inflammation leads to decreased testosterone production. PUFA’s are actually split in to two types, Omega 6 and Omega 3. Omega 3 tends to be found in fish, seafood etc. you need both omega 3 and 6 but most of us have way too much Omega 6 and too little Omega 3, you can find out a bit more about this and how to help optimise your ratios here on this Foods That Lower Testosterone – The Difference Between Omega 3 & 6
What Is Included As Vegetable Oils
Vegetable oils includes quite a wide range of different oils; but the ones most commonly available & used are as follows:
How Different fats Effect Testosterone Production
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 PUFA
• Saw an increase in testosterone levels with an increase of Saturated Fatty acids
• Saw increased total fat intake boost testosterone levels
In short an increase in fat is good for Testosterone production; but it has to be the right type of fats. So what you’re looking for are saturated & monounsaturated fats and to avoid PUFA’s which vegetable oils are a big source of. The other issue with vegetable oils on top of potentially being high in Omega 6 are they’re very processed, this strips the majority of any natural health benefits out!
Omega 6 & Testosterone Production
As mentioned vegetable oils can lower testosterone even further if they’re high in omega six due to them increasing inflammation. In fact any food high in Omega 6 & low in/ without omega 3 you should be wary of, as these are normally foods that lower testosterone production.
The oils you want to use are coconut (what I personally use), Olive & avocado. These are high in saturated or monounsaturated fats and the healthiest to cook with in general but especially for testosterone levels.
As I mentioned coconut oil is what I use personally, it actually provides you with multiple health benefits over aiding testosterone production. You can find out more about these health benefits and why you should include coconut oil in your diet here, in this article on why coconut oil is good for you
Hopefully this article has highlighted why vegetable oils should be considered one of the foods that lower testosterone production and has made you wary of any foods high polyunsaturated fatty acids/ PUFA’s & omega 6 for the same reason. I’ll be creating more articles in future deailing other foods to avoid high in PUFA’s & Omega and a big list of foods that lower testosterone. That way you’ll know what to avoid moving forward & can have a guide to reference against.
If you have any questions or feedback with regards to this article, cooking oils and there effect on testosterone, foods that lower testosterone or testosterone production in general, please leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you. Also please feel free to request topics and I’ll see about getting round to cover them for you.