Planning a family? Eat a hamburger!

Planning a family? Eat a hamburger!

Here’s a great article we read, in the NY Post, discussing how levels of dietary protein can affect sperm quality and, consequently, the health of offspring.

Wannabe dads should eat hamburgers: study
by Doree Lewak

Attention, wannabe dads: If you want to make a baby, consider making yourself a burger.

Low levels of dietary protein sap sperm quality in a way that dings the health of offspring, according to preliminary research released this week from England’s University of Nottingham. In the study, male mice who were fed a diet with paltry protein amounts produced baby rodents that were overweight, with high levels of glucose intolerance. Malnutrition-induced changes in gene expression are thought to be the underlying reason.

“Our research using mice shows that at the time of conception, the diet and well-being of the father influences the long-term growth and metabolic health of his offspring,” study author Adam Watkins said in a statement. “Our study not only identifies what impact a poor paternal diet has on the health of his offspring, but also starts to uncover how these effects are established.’’

While most public-health experts agree that protein deficiency is not a widespread problem in the United States, it can’t hurt to load up on protein-rich foods like fish, eggs, legumes and nuts.

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