POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 5:59pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 5:59pm
(CNN) — Men wanting to boost their sperm count may want to skip the bacon and eat more fish.
Research presented at the American Society for reproductive medicine in Boston links processed meat intake to poorer semen quality. Fish is linked to better sperm quality.
Researchers took samples from 156 men and had them answer a questionnaire about their eating habits.
Those who ate more processed meat appeared to have a lower percent of "well shaped" sperm. It is important to note, the study did not look at individual kinds of processed meat.
Researchers found men who ate more white meat fish, such as cod and halibut had "normal" shaped sperm. Those who ate more dark meat fish, such as salmon, bluefish and tuna, had a higher total sperm count.
The study is published in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility.