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Go Nuts: Walnuts For Healthy Sperm, Almonds For A Svelte Bod

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In the grapefruit diet-era I grew up in, peanuts, almonds and luscious cashews were evil, calorie-laden, fat delivery systems. And walnuts? They sat in a beautiful cut-glass bowl on my grandmother’s table, cracker at the ready, but never touched. Well, now I can safely say the Era Of The Nut has finally arrived.

Today, the BBC reports that walnuts are fabulous for sperm. Just two handfuls a day may keep the fertility doc at bay, says the cheeky article:.

Eating around two handfuls of walnuts a day improves sperm health in young men, a study in the journal Biology of Reproduction suggests.

Sperm shape, movement and vitality improved in men who added walnuts to their diet over 12 weeks.

The fatty acids found in these nuts are thought to have helped sperm development. It is not known if this would help improve male fertility.

About one in six couples are infertile, with 40% of these due to a male factor.

Dr Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield said: “It would be relatively easy to poke fun at studies like this, but there is increasing evidence to show that aspects of a man’s diet can affect the number and quality of sperm produced by his testicles.”

And last week it was disclosed that almonds — which I now eat joyously almost every day — have 20 percent fewer calories than previously thought. Continue reading