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July 28, 2007

Infertility Advice

So, making all the right moves, doing the correct actions, but still not getting the other half up the spout? Help is at hand:

A bowl of tomato soup every day can help boost fertility among men, scientists claimed yesterday.

They have discovered that lycopene, which gives tomatoes their bright red colouring, can turn sperm into super-sperm.

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth studied the effect of lycopene in the diet on a random group of six healthy men, with an average age of 42. The men were asked to consume a 400g tin of Heinz cream of tomato soup every day for two weeks.

The researchers, from the university's biomedical science department, said that during the two weeks, levels of lycopene in the men's semen rose between seven and 12 per cent, which was "significant".

This does not only apply to tomato soup, Heinz or not, of course. Lycopene is in pretty much all tomato based foods: ketchup is actually one of the very best sources.

Further, organic ketchup has vastly more than the more commercial stuff. Not, I'm afraid for organic fans, because it is organic per se. Rather, because organic ketchups do not use sugar or corn sweetners (or at least not to the same extent) and thus use many more tomatoes per 100 g of the sauce (to get the necessary sweetness). More tomatoes equals more lycopene.

As and when this knowledge becomes more widely spread we might in fact use it as a diagnostic test. If the breakfast fry up comes with tomatoes, lunch with a tomato salad, dinner a tomato based pasta sauce, that warming snack mid afternoon is tomato soup, and the Heinz ketchup disappears in favour of an organic one, might be worth asking the other half if she's feeling broody or summat?

July 28, 2007 in Food and Drink | Permalink


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The Scotsman pours cold water on Heinz's claim "that Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup could boost your mojo and give guys extra oomph. And for Heinz Ketchup lovers, the tomatoey goodness will put more ketchup in your bottle."


Posted by: The Englishman | Jul 28, 2007 9:06:32 AM

Every day! They must have ended up looking like Peter Hain.

Posted by: dearieme | Jul 28, 2007 1:20:19 PM