We hear it all the time from doctors, fitness snobs, and parents: “You are what you eat.” And, it’s pretty damn annoying when you are mid-bite into that morning pastry and the coworker who just biked to the office says it to you with a smirk. Really Sharon? Does that make me a croissant? While we think Sharon is annoying AF, we think she has a point.
The food that one consumes translates and transforms the body in many ways. But, how does it affect you sexually? As it turns out, your eating habits can have a drastic fingerprint on your sex life! So, you really should watch what you eat. If you are having sex often or having sex with fuckbuddies (where all the emphasis is really on performance), you’ll want to pay attention.
More than that, there is some confusion around food rumors as it relates to sex. For example, does pineapple really make cum taste better? Or, do oysters really make people horny? We’re here to help you out. We want you to have the best sexual experiences possible. We are going to debunk or affirm some of the myths and give you some suggestions on which foods to eat to enhance your sex life.
[Related: How to Bring Food Into the Bedroom]
FACT OR FICTION: OYSTERS MAKE YOU HORNY
According to several studies, oysters are great for improving the male sex life because it produces testosterone in the body. That being said, the slurping required to eat an oyster is something that might mentally spur sexual images, thereby making someone doing or watching the slurping get horny. So, on a scientific level, it’s somewhat of a myth that it makes everyone horny; however, on a purely auditory or visual level, it might have the capacity to turn on a lot of people.
FACT OR FICTION: PINEAPPLE MAKES CUM TASTE GOOD
This one is a fact! And, it’s not just pineapple. Any acidic food (particularly fruit) is going to make cum and semen taste better because the acid in the food is able to cut through the bitter taste that semen usually has! It’s a way of equalizing the taste in a way. Will she taste pineapple when giving head? Probably not; however, the semen wont taste quite as bitter.
FACT OR FICTION: ALCOHOL IS A BLOWJOB’S FRIEND
While drinking can certainly make people loosen up (thereby possibly making them horny), it’s actually not great for maintaining an erection (you’ve probably heard the term ‘whisky dick’ to describe the limp penis of a drunk man). But, there’s even more reason to skip the drinks if you’re looking to give or receive a BJ. Alcohol contains toxins that are itching to get out of the body ASAP. Because semen is a pretty good vehicle for a quick getaway, the toxics load up in the semen making it taste pretty awful.
FACT OR FICTION: WATERMELON IS LIKE VIAGRA
You might be surprised to learn that this is a fact! Sort of. We aren’t saying that watermelons are exactly like Viagra; however, watermelon releases arginine into the body, which is essential to vascular health. So, it helps men maintain an erection longer and increases overall libido!
FACT OR FICTION: CHOCOLATE IS A TURN ON
Chocolate is a great way to get yourself or your partner in the mood because it produces a release of serotonin that is borderline euphoric. Does this mean that chocolate will immediately make someone wet? We can’t say for sure. But, it will absolutely put you or your partner in a good mood, making sex a more likely follow up to the said chocolate!
FACT OR FICTION: SPICY FOOD CAN GET YOU HOT AND BOTHERED
Ok, if the it’s a question of whether or not spicy food gets a person hot and bothered, the answer is technically yes. Spicy food naturally heats up the body, causes sweating, and increases heart rate. On the other hand, it doesn’t do anything to the body which would directly relate to sex other than mimic its effect. This heat, however, can inspire some sexual tension when eaten with a partner.
FACT OR FICTION: BANANAS ARE SEXY
No matter how you spin it, it’s a fact that bananas are sexy. They are phallic shaped delicious fruits that require peeling to reveal the magic. Are you as turned on as we are? But, bananas are even more magical than they look because they contain Potassium and Vitamin B, which are both crucial in the natural production of sexual hormones.
FACT OR FICTION: FLAX SEEDS ARE NOT SEXY
This is totally fiction! Flax seeds are a great superfood to consume before doing the deed because it directly increases blood flow to the sexual organs. People seem to avoid superfoods like these before sex because they mentally link them to flagulence; however, flax seeds can actually improve sexual performance and heighten orgasms! They also contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for enhancing libido and improving cardiovascular health.