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!
But if you’re not into science, 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?
What Foods Are Bad For Testosterone?
Before immersing into the depths of each antagonist, here are the 5 worst foods for your T:
- 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 book about juicing recipes for low T and natural testosterone optimization in general.
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!
1. Junk Food – Greasy Chicken Wings’ Plot Against You Manhood!
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 than 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.
2. Soy – Your Testosterone Hates Anything With Soy!
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!
3. Flaxseed – Flaxseeding Your Worst Testosterone Boosting 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!
4. Licorice – Candies Have Never Been So Emasculating
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?
5. Mint – 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 old 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 won’t be making as much testosterone and you don’t want that!
From my personal view, as I recall every single time I did consume peppermint tea, a very soothing and relaxed feeling was taking hold of me. I felt almost too relaxed, even lethargic. This in my book = not manly at all, so to hell with MINT!
Do Bananas Lower Testosterone Though?
No, not by any stretch of the imagination. There’s ZERO scientific data to even remotely suggest a connection between banana consumption and lowered testosterone levels.
Bananas are a nutritional powerhouse since they’re jam-packed with vital minerals and vitamins that your body needs. And with only about 90 calories per 100 grams, they won’t make you fat either… unless you eat a gazillion of them of course!
And even better, they can improve your semen quality, support your testosterone levels during vigorous workouts and more. If you’d like to learn more, then make sure to check my article about whether or not bananas lower testosterone!
Apparently, there are certain foods that you’d want to avoid like the plague when it comes to keeping your testosterone at optimal levels all the time. And apart from avoiding them, I’ve also found a brilliant way to fight anti-testosterone foods via juicing that can both help your erections and your primary male hormone levels.
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 about 5 testosterone-destroying foods, make sure to check it out as it’s focused more on the scientific part of how these foods actually make you less masculine.
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!
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