Gentlemen! Discover Foods Detrimental to Your Testosterone Levels

Various factors can affect testosterone levels in men, with diet being one of the significant contributors. Our expert shares recommendations on the types of foods you should include in your diet and those you should avoid to uphold healthy testosterone levels.

Men! Here Are Foods That Are Bad For Your Testosterone
Men! Here Are Foods That Are Bad For Your Testosterone

Testosterone serves as the primary male sex hormone, pivotal for various facets of men’s health, encompassing the development of male reproductive organs, secondary sexual traits, and the regulation of libido. Additionally, it contributes to sustaining muscle mass, bone density, red blood cell production, and overall male well-being. This article delves into the influence of diet on testosterone levels in men, highlighting foods that should be avoided to uphold healthy testosterone levels. Dr. Astha Dayal, Lead Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology at CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram, offers valuable insights in an interview with the OnlyMyHealth team.

The Influence of Dietary Choices on Hormone Production and Fertility

The Influence of Dietary Choices on Hormone Production and Fertility

“Diet can influence hormone production and secretion in various ways,” explained Dr. Dayal, emphasizing, “Not only does the composition of the diet matter, but also its texture, quantity, and duration, which all impact reproductive health.”

According to the doctor, diets rich in unsaturated fats, whole grains, vegetables, and fish have been linked to enhanced fertility in both women and men. For instance, a study featured in the Asian Journal of Andrology revealed that consuming trans fatty acids was correlated with decreased total testosterone and calculated free testosterone levels.

Dr. Dayal noted, “The evidence regarding the effects of dairy, alcohol, and caffeine on reproduction is inconclusive. However, a small-scale study suggested that full-fat dairy products were associated with a lower risk of infertility, while low-fat dairy products were associated with a higher risk.”

Furthermore, Dr. Dayal underscored the significance of weight management in fertility, highlighting that obesity is a risk factor for infertility in both genders, while women who are underweight also face a heightened risk of subfertility.

“Typically, we recommend a daily intake of 400 µg of folic acid for women attempting pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects in infants. Additionally, we advise omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) and vitamin D supplements for a healthy pregnancy,” the doctor shared.

Foods That Negatively Impact Testosterone Levels in Men

Foods That Negatively Impact Testosterone Levels in Men

Dr. Dayal highlights a reciprocal relationship between food metabolism and testosterone levels in men. “A high intake of a Western-style diet, characterized by refined carbohydrates and sugars found in white bread, desserts, pastries, sweetened beverages, fast foods, and fried foods rich in unhealthy fats, along with excessive dairy consumption, frequent dining out, and a low consumption of homemade foods, noodles, and dark green vegetables, all contribute to decreased testosterone levels,” she elaborated.

She advocates for a diet abundant in lean proteins such as skinless poultry and seafood, eggs, vibrant fruits and vegetables like berries, leafy greens, carrots, and broccoli, legumes such as kidney beans, lentils, and chickpeas, nuts, seeds, and whole grains like oats, brown rice, and whole wheat cereals and breads.

Additional Factors Influencing Testosterone Levels

Other Factors Impacting Testosterone Levels in Men:

1. Health Conditions: Conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease can influence testosterone levels.

2. Testicular Injury or Infection: Injury or infection affecting the testes can disrupt testosterone production.

3. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): HIV infection can also affect testosterone levels in men.

4. Alcoholism: Excessive alcohol consumption, especially over a prolonged period, can lead to decreased testosterone levels.

5. Medications: Certain medications, including painkillers and steroids, may impact testosterone production in men.

6. Age: Testosterone levels naturally decline with age, typically beginning around middle age.


In conclusion, Dr. Dayal emphasized that there is no single food or supplement capable of permanently elevating low testosterone levels. “Our body synthesizes hormones from the nutrients we consume, particularly fat, protein, and specific vitamins and minerals,” she explained. Stressing the importance of a healthy, balanced diet, she noted that it aids in maintaining optimal testosterone levels.

“We do not endorse testosterone boosters as supplements for enhancing hormone levels. If testosterone levels are low, doctors typically recommend specific hormone replacement therapy,” she underscored.