There are almost countless diets and approaches to eating out there: vegan, vegetarian, paleo, 5:2, intermittent fasting, keto, low-carb, etc.
In this post I will not talk about which one is the right one, but:
I will tell you one thing you should probably include in your diet:
Good fat. Lots of it! 😆
Because several scientific research studies have demonstrated that you need this fat in order to produce testosterone.
And you need testosterone to have a strong sex drive and to get it up.
Also, testosterone is essential for several critical functions in your body (such as your immune system), and you are likely to live longer and healthier with adequate testosterone levels. And be less likely to deal with heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
So let’s take a look at this research study:
The study was conducted at the University of Worcester and published in The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. It was a meta-analysis, which combined together the results of 6 well-controlled studies with a total of 206 participants.
What did the study find?
Men that were first put on a high fat diet, and later transferred to a low-fat diet, saw a decrease in their testosterone production by 10-15%.
The diet that had the worst testosterone result was a vegetarian low fat diet, which caused a drop in testosterone of up to 26%.
But we need to get clear about one thing:
There are good fats and there are bad fats.
What are the bad fats?
Saturated and trans fats. You find these in products such as meat, dairy, cakes and sweets. One should probably also be careful with excessive amounts of polyunsaturated fats.
What are the good fats?
Monounsaturated fats. You find these in nuts, seeds, avocado and many vegetable oils such as olive oil.
The study also found that men of European ancestry saw a greater fall in testosterone due to a low-fat diet than other men.
A quick word on testosterone:
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone in your body. It governs and supports everything sexual going on in your body. Hence, you simply need it in order to function sexually. If you have inadequate testosterone production, you are more likely to struggle with erectile dysfunction and a low libido.
So what is my takeaway from this study?
That I will personally continue to consume large amounts of nuts, seeds, olive oil and coconut oil to ensure I get enough oils for my testosterone factories.
To read the full article, please go here.