Vegetable Oils Can Lower Your Testosterone
Vegetable oils include both actual vegetables and grains, (not including cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and palm oil which may have many health benefits including increasing testosterone levels) can wreak havoc on your testosterone.
The extraction of vegetable oils often uses chemicals, bleaching, and deodorizing techniques which minimizes any health benefits they would have had while leaving behind sulfates. In addition to the sulfates, they tend to be extremely high in PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty-acid) which in scientific studies has been linked with lowered testosterone levels .
There are generally two camps with regards to healthy oils, those that primarily recommend coconut and those which primarily recommend olive oil. While that debate is out of the scope of this blog we do recommend you use either or both of these options in your cooking and refrain from the use of all other vegetable oils when possible.
- Volek, J.S., et al., Testosterone and cortisol in relationship to dietary nutrients and resistance exercise.1997. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9029197