Sugar-sweetened beverages have engendered much controversy, particularly as they pertain to obesity.

A recent study may support the case against these sugary treats. A recent study of young (aged 18–22 years) men demonstrated that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption adversely affected sperm motility.

Men who consumed more than 1.3 servings per day had a 9.8% reduction in sperm motility compared with those who consumed less than 0.2 servings per day, according to a report published online ahead of print in Human Reproduction.

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This effect was most pronounced among men with a normal body mass index.