5 Foods That Kill Testosterone – Avoid Them Like The Plague!

Your testosterone will be running for his life if he could read this!

Fast food menu with some french fries

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! I’ve written a more science-based approach with actual studies in relation to the 5 worst foods for testosterone, so make sure to take a look!

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:

  1. Soy
  2. Junk/fast food
  3. Flaxseeds
  4. Licorice
  5. Mint

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 testosterone and natural testosterone optimization in general.

Yours truly designed this article to be more reader-friendly so I’m staying 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!

Small plastic figure of a professional waiter
Unfortunately, there’s nothing for dinner… Now go hit the drive-through (not)!

1. Junk Food – Greasy Chicken Wings’ Plot Against You Manhood!

Lots of fried and crispy chicken wings

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!

Soy milk with soybeans on a table

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

Bowl of flax seeds on a table

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

Huge amount of various licorice candy sweets

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

Cup of ice lemon tea with mint

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 and manliness!

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 me 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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  1. your site is ultra professional!! engaging, and informative. anyway i read something that threw me back! soybean sprouts beingbad for testosterone. i got a book that recently got me started growing them for hormone balance throughout all your glands including the gents dow low! so after i read you view i researched and there was conflicting reports, but i did find one site that had sprouts and pomagranits in the low t zone!

    • Howdy Ben,

      I appreciate your words, thank you.

      As for soy being bad for your manhood – you will always find soy fanboys, defending it blindly. There’s enough research data to back my hatred towards it, as evident in my related post.

      I’ve always wanted to steer clear of anything even remotely associated with low T so there’s NO way I’ll change my stance on soy products.

      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  2. Hey,

    An interesting read for any man out there, a recommended read without any doubt.

    Just checked your post and ironically I had poured myself a peppermint tea to complete these tasks and that got swiftly poured down the sink!! Ha!

    All in all awesome piece of writing – it does read well and grabbed my attention.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Welcome dude,

      Haha, please – don’t take it too literally! If you did have your peppermint tea prepared already, drink it. No need to be food-nazi like this.

      It’s not like one minty tea will turn you into a woman. It’s just that it’ll be more optimal without it.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  3. I knew about most of these, but mint? Really? For years I’ve been chewing peppermint or spearmint gum when I go to the gym, After reading this, I’m hoping that the gum mints are just artificial flavors and not actual testosterone saboteurs. Any insight? I did read that cinnamon is a great fat burner, maybe I’ll just switch flavors to be safe. I’d hate to think that all my efforts are being swindled by a slight unintentional oversight. Thanks for the word!

    • Hey!

      Chill mate, I wouldn’t stress about chewing mint gum! Even if it’s NOT artificially flavored it doesn’t mean you’ll transform into a woman overnight. It’s just one of those foods to watch out for in general!

      Now I’ve heard that cinnamon is good for helping you to get rid of lard – diet is king when it comes to cutting.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  4. Interesting the foods you share which kills testosterone, I would never expected mint. I always thought mint was very good for you, I wonder how mint is bad for your testosterone?

    What do you eat regularly to keep your testosterone strong, I have no idea of my own levels how can I find that out?

    • Hey Jeffrey!

      Minty foods are not exactly the worst enemy for our virility, but they are nonetheless something to avoid in my opinion. Clinical trials are limited when it comes to certain examples about its negative effect on androgens. Still, there are some studies like a particular one showing that spearmint does decrease free testosterone(although the study is done on women).

      What did I do for my testosterone personally? I try to sleep well, eat well, workout well and utilize supplements and products designed to optimize my male hormonal levels – you can check my “Reviews” page for these.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  5. WOW, I never knew soy was the root of all evil for a mans testosterone. I don’t really eat the others maybe a chicken wing from time to time. But man oh man. My buddies are going to hit the floor when they see this. Great information you have here. Nicely put together and easy to read. I love the humor you put in the article. Just makes it all the more fun to read. I will share this post.

    • Hello!

      Soy IS pure evil indeed my friend, you’ve got that one right! Besides obvious antagonists like fast food (some of them contain soy), soy products generally go under the radar which means they’re mostly undetectable to the untrained eye. But with my help, you now have a way to spot such testosterone leeches (that’s a new term).

      Don’t forget to tell your friends that meat is the real deal – just in case they happen to be vegetarians because most soy lovers are indeed anti-meat!

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  6. Well, I don’t eat junk food, flaxseeds, licorice, or mint. But, soy products being bad for testosterone levels that one hit me right between the eyes!

    I never knew that soy stimulated estrogen receptors and, according to your sources it can lead to erectile dysfunction! I use a lot of soy sauce and, I enjoy soy bean products such as soy milk and tofu!

    Who knew?

    I’m going to look for some alternatives to soy BEFORE I start having testosterone issues!

    Thanks, for the article, Simon. It was extremely enlightening! Actually, a wake-up call!


    • Hi Jim.

      Haha, damn right it hit you straight between the eyes – most people have NO idea that soy is not a man’s best friend. Of course, if you desire more estrogen, by all means, do indulge in soy consumption – but then I wouldn’t want to talk to you anymore. And I’m serious, ha!

      Yeah, it’s always wise to turn to the testosterone boosting foods instead – in order to retain your masculinity.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  7. Hello again Simon,

    As you saw on your other page, I am not a man, but your articles are super helpful to me.

    Once again, I think very little about testosterone. I do, however, often wonder about things that kill sperm counts. Do testosterone reducers also affect sperm count?

    All of these foods greatly surprised me. The mint and soy worried me the most. Think of all the gum folks chew and the soy products all over the place. Just junk food alone (think McDonald’s hamburgers) are full of soy.

    I will keep all of these things in mine in the future, for others.



    • Hey there!

      Testosterone stimulates the production of sperm count. What does that mean then? A man will SUFFER from lowered sperm count by being the victim of the dreaded low T.

      Soy is indeed everywhere, we’re kind of attacked by that from different angles and what not! That’s why us MEN should stay vigilant and keep an eye out for the testosterone-lowering foods.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  8. This is one of the most interesting articles I’ve read in a long while, not just because Low Testosterone is such an issue for many males but also because some of the foods that we were taught were good for us clearly aren’t. Things like flax seed oil, peppermint, and soy and then finding out that one of the ingredients in burgers is used to make plastics more flexible, this is just crazy, thanks for the info, I’ll make the necessary adjustments.

    • Hey, Aldane!

      Oh man, you don’t even know how many foods contain soy (for example) these days! It’s utterly horrible, just take a look:

      – Cereals
      – Crackers
      – Anything breaded
      – Bean sprouts
      – Sauces (soy, teriyaki, Worcestershire…)

      That’s is just a small list to get a grasp of the whole emasculation global agenda. Foods are not packed with soy by chance – it’s a deliberate thing, but I’m not going to go into detail right now.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd


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