We’ve got the words five (5), foods, kill and testosterone. It wouldn’t be a trademark Testosterone Nerd article without a vital question at the very beginning now, would it? So what kind of concoction can we create with these intriguing ingredients? Ha, 5 foods that kill testosterone of course!
For all of you folks out there that actually didn’t press the “X” button after my… heroic attempt at following an extravagant narrative, congrats big time! You are now one of the (not few hopefully) guys who are about to be enlightened as to what foods to avoid so that your inner alpha male remains happy.
Warning! A more science-based approach with actual studies in relation to our 5 worst foods for T is available right about HERE!
Still here? So you’re not one of those science geeks then, proceed! As we men are notorious for being able to empty any fridge out there when we are hungry as mofos, It would be wise to at least use 1% of our brain function so that we can preserve our manliness while filling our bellies, right?
A quick look at the main suspects
The convicts are both new and familiar faces so to speak. Before immersing into the depths of each antagonist, I’d like to list the bad guys real quick:
- Junk/fast food
I tried to make the order in a descending way, clearly, the soy leading the pack. Well, it basically turns you into a woman, so no wonder… While we’re on the subject, in case you missed my review of a juicing system to wage war on testosterone-lowering substances, you can jump right in!
Yours truly designed this article to be more reader-friendly so I’m straying away from scientific data and research here. Another article, closely related is on its way. So if you’re keen on finding out any studies to back the claims, then waiting for it would be more appropriate!
Things are not always what they seem
Philosophy is a powerful tool and yes, I’m implementing it in this post, where we’re talking about nutrition, which unfortunately happens to be an arch ENEMY of our male androgen-friendly environment. However, you will soon find more about some of the surprises when it comes to what NOT to consume for more natural testosterone.
“Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many”
Beautiful words of wisdom – they hold a lot of truth. Even if you look at certain foods that are known to be healthy, that doesn’t mean that your testosterone won’t take a hit! Yeah, I’ve got the mega rock stars with proven reputation AGAINST your virility, but there are rising stars hiding behind the curtains as well!
As mentioned already, besides usual suspects such as nasty fast food chains like Kentucky fiend (fried, sorry!) chicken, McRonalds (time for a name change?) and all the other GMO-stuffed garbage, I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve that is destined to surprise you lot!
But hey, teasing is fun so let me prolong your hunger for knowledge by digging deeper into the heart of the junk food scourge!
Greasy chicken wings’ plot against you!
No, that’s not part of the script of some far-fetched Sci-Fi program. This is how evil, crispy and crunchy wings WANT all of your testosterone! I’m sure a lot of you guys perfectly realize how damaging such crap are for your bodily functions, including hormone production.
What you might not know are some details, details that can very well MURDER your testosterone production, in addition to an array of ugly “bonus” effects. As most human beings with normal brain function have long known that fast food=BAD for you, it’s easier said that done though!
I know for one that sometimes I turn to one of my guilty pleasures (thank god it’s rare), which happens to be one of the more famous fast food chains, notable for its proprietary blend of spices (100% sure you can’t figure out which one lol).
I plead you folks not to fall victim to these HORRIBLE foods, for the sake of us being males, just don’t! Today’s society would probably be a better place if we avoid that scourge.
Soy-oy-oy and the story about zero testosterone
No clues why, but Los Lobos – Canción Del Mariachi (Morena De Mi Corazón) just popped in my mind, you know the “Ay, ay, ay Corazon…” etc. My Spanish is pretty damn bad, but Soy just sounds so much better if it’s soy-oy-oy, um, Corazon… right?
Anyways back to reality now! Are you carnivorous? Do you like to CONSUME flesh (not human obviously)? Can you even think about only living on plants? Oh man, just the thought of this makes my stomach sick. If you are not one of those trendy vegan types of guys, great news for you!
I see NO point whatsoever in consuming soy-based products if you are eating meat and enough of it. Also, I wouldn’t recommend becoming a vegetarian to any men, because there’s almost nothing manlier than handling raw ham with bare hands as the blood’s dripping down… yeah, you got my point!
Soy is notorious for being anti-testosterone as it’s known to stimulate estrogen receptors. If you, dear reader of this post, by any chance hate eating meat in any form, then your destiny is in your hands! Go for the soy so that you can at least get sufficient protein in your diet, but don’t be a hater if you have lower T levels than us meat-lovers!
Flaxseeding your worst expectations
Boom, the bomb has been dropped! You didn’t expect your beloved flaxseed here, hm? A double-edged sword for us men – this is exactly what anything containing flaxseed is. Yes, taking your flaxseed oil pedantically every single day might be healthy, but think twice if you’re worried about primary male hormone optimization!
Maybe your wife/girlfriend/mom/grandma/random lady etc. loves that stuff and swears by flaxseed being the $hit. Healthy fatty acids are indeed awesome for both males and females, especially relating to hormones, but with flaxseeds, it’s totally gender-related!
Let them females consume as much as they want from these seeds. Heck, they can even consume as much as they want from ANY seed out there (pun intended)! But lignans have been busted for their testosterone-lowering properties and guess what? Flaxseed’s best friends with lignans, they hang out all the time!
Licorice-ice baby (freezing your T production)
It’s now official that I’m feeling musically enhanced today as this is my second reference to a song in this post and I don’t believe in coincidences!
In a nutshell, Licorice is something you might be already familiar with – it’s widely used in all kinds of sweets, candy, chewing gums, teas etc., even breath fresheners! You can probably think of at least one occasion on which you were sitting in front of the tv while munching on some licorice candy?
Fellow men, listen up! I didn’t include Licorice just for the sake of it being on the list. It just happens to block your body’s testosterone production as you start banging your head against the wall with all kinds of “why?”. Of course, it’s not the same type of “blockage” as what steroids do to your system, it’s completely reversible yet still sucks a lot!
Me? I was never a fan of candies and/or sweets no matter what so this doesn’t really bother me, what about you?
In (not so) Mint condition
A true shocker, no? Now you’ll never look at that smooth peppermint tea, in the same way, this I guarantee! Honestly, though, any you guys suspected that good ol’ minty herbs can be one of our worst enemies, testosterone-wise?
We’re talking about peppermint and spearmint in particular here since the whole mint family is a bit larger than that. The idea is more on the complex side, but basically, they induce oxidative stress in your brain’s hypothalamus – in result your nuts decide that they’ve had enough and call it quits.
Okay, maybe that was overstretching it a bit. From my personal view, as I recall every single time I did consume peppermint tea, for example, a very soothing and relaxed feeling was taking hold of me. Almost too relaxed, even lethargic. This in my book = not manly at all, so to hell with any MINT!
Time to jump from a cliff then or…?
Or maybe we can survive without consuming these EVIL entities? The hardest answer for most of us would have to be related to fast food, hmm? Especially those tasty and crunchy… argh, nuke it from orbit! As I did manage to find a brilliant way to fight androgen-unfriendly nutrition (you can read more about that from this review of mine), there are weapons to choose from.
Feeling both musically and philosophically enhanced at the moment, my conclusion is what might be born out of a featuring between Justin Bieber and Socrates: avoid the listed foods as much as possible, thrive on your well-being, ye-yo!
By the way, In case you did MISS my other piece of writing associated with the one here, maybe it’s time to see things from a more science-driven point of view!
If you don’t agree with my on any of the points made – drop me a comment down below. If you agree with my point of view – do the same. Then we can all happily compare our virtual manliness in the comment section, hooray!
Founder of Testosterone Nerd