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Sorry, Dudes: Study Suggests Too Much Junk Food Makes You Less Fertile

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Junk food will break your junk, it seems

Following a study suggesting that heavy consumption of junk food could increase the likelihood of infertility in women, a new study suggests that men who consume vast amounts of unhealthy food are also at risk of similar issues. The study comes from Harvard University, and focused on nearly 3,000 Danish men. They were separated into various groups based on their dietary habits, and those who were put in the “Western” category (with diets high in red meat, processed food, snacks, and sugar) had the lowest sperm counts, and lower “quality” of sperm. (The best diet for those l’il guys was one centered around fish, chicken, fruits, and vegetables.)

Oh, and if you were one of those teens who scarfed down burgers and picked up better eating habits later on, bad news: The damage may already be done by age 18. For anybody else with male reproductive organs, take note — if you prefer your eggs to be served “fertilized,” the bacon and egg McMuffin might no longer be for you.

And in other news...

  • Dunkin’ Donuts is suing a bunch of its franchisees for not checking on their employees’ immigration statuses, like a mini corporate version of ICE. [Restaurant Business]
  • Europe is facing a massive heatwave, so a zoo in Prague is giving its animals special sorbets to keep cool. Gorillas get fruit, polar bears get tasty fish pops, we get cute photos of animals eating treats. [AP]
  • The American Consumer Satisfaction Index suggests that Chick-fil-A is America’s favorite fast-food chain for the fourth year in a row, although its score dropped slightly. [Takeout]
  • Following allegations that a bartender spat on Eric Trump, the social media pages of Chicago bar the Aviary became a battleground. [Fast Company]
  • Avocado prices? Still high. [Bloomberg]
  • The Times would like you to know that celery juice has no ultra-special scientifically-proven health benefits, despite current trends saying otherwise. [NYT]
  • Read this profile of a truck stop in rural Oklahoma serving vegetarian meals to Sikh truckers. [LA Times]
  • Restaurants, stop making customers debase themselves while ordering. [Twitter]

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