McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Is Mountain Dew Killing Scott Kardashian’s Sperm Count?

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Could drinking Mountain Dew really be causing this much harm to Scott? Or is all just some myth? Find out on this latest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians! This video debunks the widely-spread urban myth that drinking Mountain Dew can result in reduced sperm count, penis shrinkage, male infertility and so forth. By allowing the story to unfold through a spoof of the hit television show, "Keeping up with the Kardashians," the absurdity of believing and spreading such a rumour without first conducting the proper research is highlighted.

— Video by Neha Kishore, Eisi Mollanji, Arani Muthurajah, and Zil Nasir

References:

  • Bahloul, M. (2016, August 25). Investigating the Middle School Rumor that Mountain Dew Lowers Your Sperm Count. VICE.
  • Pollock, E.J. (1999, October 14). Why Mountain Dew Is Now Grist for Fertile Teen Gossip. The Wall Street Journal.
  • Ricci, E., Viganò, P., Cipriani, S., Somigliana, E., Chiaffarino, F., Bulfoni, A., & Parazzini, F. (2017). Coffee and caffeine intake and male infertility: a systematic review. Nutrition Journal, 16, 37.
  • Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation Tartrazine (2009). The EFSA Journal, 7(11), 1331. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2009.1331