There have been many bizarre health claims in the past relating to how certain body parts can grow exponentially as a result of eating certain foods. Everything from hormone-filled chickens to tinned foods have been linked to growth in the past.
While it may seem utterly crazy that simply eating something could result in strange body changes, new research has revealed that certain foods cooked using a non-stick frying pan could actually decrease the size of a man’s penis. According to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the perfluoroalkyl compound, or PFCs for short, is the nasty reason why men may have a smaller schlong and lower semen quality.
PFCs are chemicals commonly used as water and oil repellents in cookware and textiles that could potentially cause problems through exposure. The chemicals, which are also commonly found in waterproof clothing and greaseproof packaging for food, are thought to reduce testosterone levels when they enter the bloodstream. This is what researchers believe causes the size of the penis and quality of sperm to be affected.
According to the researchers from the University of Padua in Italy, men in particular are more likely to accumulate the chemical in their body than women. Having said that, men whose mother’s used non-stick frying pans or who were exposed to the PFC chemicals when they were pregnant could also experience smaller genitalia and lower semen quality. Cooking up a delicious breakfast feast in a non-stick pan is probably not the best of ideas for men who are concerned about the size of their manhood.
PFC chemicals can also be also found in an array of different glues, polishes, waxes, paints, cleaning products and even medicines. Researchers made the discovery after examining 383 male high school students, including 212 of which had been exposed to the chemical. Researchers tested the students sexual hormones, semen samples and the size of their penis, including length, circumference, testicular volume and anogenital distance.
The results proved just how dramatically the chemical can affect a male, with participants exposed to the chemical having an average penis size of 3.44 inches compared to the non-exposed students whose penises measured 3.94 inches. The girth of the penis in exposed males was also one fifth of an inch shorter, with PFC chemicals causing penises to be around 12.5 per cent shorter and 6.3 per cent thinner than the average man.