By Dr. Mercola

Meat can be a healthy choice in your diet, provided it’s grass-fed and organic. The way the meat is raised – what it eats, where it lives, and whether it has access to the outdoors – make a major difference in whether it’s a healthy food or a disease-promoting one.
Aside from the source and growing conditions, how the meat is prepared is another major factor in its health potential. While a whole pastured chicken simmered in a pot of water to make bone broth is highly nourishing, eating chicken raised in a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) and processed into lunchmeat or a hot dog is decidedly not.
On the scale of meat healthiness, processed meats rank consistently near the bottom, such that they should rarely be consumed, if at all. Adding to their laundry list of health risks, a new study has linked such meats to problems with men’s fertility.

Processed Meats Might Worsen Male Fertility

In a study of 141 men undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) with their partners, no association was found between total meat consumption and successful fertilization through IVF. However, men who ate the least amount of processed meat (including sausage, bacon, and canned meat products) had a 28 percent higher rate of fertilization during IVF compared to those who ate the most.
Those who ate the most poultry (and presumably less processed meats and possibly overall healthier diet) also had a13 percent higher fertilization rate than men who ate the least.
It’s unclear by what mechanism processed meats may interfere with fertility, and the study couldn’t prove a cause-and-effect link. Dr. Elizabeth Kavaler, a urology specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told WebMD:1

“Perhaps it is not the meat that is the problem, but the dietary


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