There’s been a disturbing trend lately, according to which more and more incomplete or simply incorrectly performed studies are being released. The most recent of these involved sexual health and fruit consumption. Well, that might actually not be so, as the fruit diet doesn’t reduce erectile dysfunction on its own.
According to a new study from the University of East Anglia in England and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a diet rich in berries, citrus, and red wine can lead to a 14% lower chance of erectile dysfunction.
However, that might actually not be so, as the study speaks volumes about the lack of interest, precision, and overall scientific process that seems to be plaguing these so-called researches in recent times.
The study in question looked at over 25,000 men, middle aged and older, all of which had regularly filled out surveys since 1986.
In 2000, 2004, and 2008, the participants had to rate their ability of holding an erection during intercourse.
Afterwards, the results were compared against the participants’ diets, particularly those with higher berry, citrus, and red wine intake.
This is because the premise of the study was that flavonoids, biochemicals found in fruit, can help against erectile dysfunction.
Three chemicals were of particular interest, the anthocyanins found in berries like cherries, blackberries, and blueberries, as well as in radishes and red wine, and the flavanones and flavones generally found in citrus.
Results of the study only showed a relationship between the intake of flavonoids and a reduced risk of erectile dysfunction of up to 14%.
However, this is where the flaws in the research begin to be most obvious.
First of all, the study was observational, so despite a link being shown between the two, it’s not necessarily a direct cause-effect relationship.
In fact, most researchers agree that that’s probably not the case, but that a reduced risk of erectile dysfunction was found in the subjects that ate more fruit because they were most likely to be healthier, and to have overall better diets.
Not only that but different, more accurate studies show that people that tend to eat more fruit have an overall healthier lifestyle, even being less prone to smoking, and more prone to exercising
This was intentionally omitted from the paper, as it would challenge the initial claim.
Second of all, there was no actual quantification or qualification for erectile dysfunction, the survey question simply asking them if they could hold an erection during intercourse.
This is one of those studies that make even other researchers look with almost complete lack of faith at the rest of the scientific world.
Sure, fruits are healthy and good for you in general, so go out there and live a healthier life, but don’t do it because a rushed study told you to.
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