Beef consumption by mothers can lead to reduced sperm count in childrenA new research has noted that women who ate large quantities of beef while in the stage of pregnancy had sons more likely to have poor sperm quality when adults.

It was suggested that growth promoters used in cattle could be the factor behind this reduced fertility situation.

Professor Shanna Swan, the lead author of the study that is published online in Human Reproduction journal, said that the findings suggest that maternal beef consumption is associated with lower sperm concentration and possible sub-fertility, which may have been influenced by the presence of anabolic steroids and other xenobiotics in beef.

It is expected that the reported intriguing relationship would stimulate further research for investigating the association between maternal beef consumption during pregnancy stage and sperm concentration in the male offspring.