bacon lowers sperm countFinally! Some rules for dudes to follow.
I'm five months pregnant and I've got to be careful about caffeine, deli meats, tuna fish, alcohol and, for crying out loud, I can't eat cookie dough because I will probably get the Salmonella and then my husband will be all, See! I told you so!
I still had a bit of raw cookie dough yesterday when we made cookies because I AM ONLY HUMAN.
So I must say it cheered me mightily to be able to issue a no bacon decree for all the men out there hoping to become parents.
According to a study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Boston this week, and published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, a good general rule of thumb for guys wanting babies: bacon is bad, fish is good.
Related: 10 things you should NEVER say to your husband...but probably do
As Salon.com reports, "Researchers at Harvard University found that men who ate more than half a portion of bacon each day had significantly lower levels of "normal"-shaped
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