On date nights, many of us look forward to a delicious meal with our partner followed by sex that is (hopefully) mind-blowing. Our relationships with one another can hit speed bumps, and it turns out that food and sex should definitely set their Facebook relationship status to “It’s Complicated.”
Just like certain foods can boost your sex drive, others can lower your libido, make it more difficult to orgasm, and leave you clamoring to hit the hay for some shut-eye rather than the aforementioned mind-blowing sex. If you’re planning a romantic night in with your partner, these are the foods and drinks you’ll want to avoid.
In addition to the fact that alcohol kills the mood in the bedroom, our bodies also have to process all the sugar that’s present in alcoholic beverages. As if it isn’t enough of a bummer when our sexy-time plans go awry, alcohol often leaves us feeling sluggish and depressed the next day. What a miserable double whammy.
If you’re planning to Netflix and chill, don’t include microwave popcorn in your assortment of delicious snacks. Popcorn bags contain perfluoroalkyl acids, which lower sperm counts in men and decrease the libido in women.
Greasy, fried foods aren’t exactly the healthiest additions to our diets — but everything is fine in moderation. However, save those delicious fries for a day when you’re not planning on having sex with your partner. Salty foods cause fluid retention and bloating, it’s common to experience levels of discomfort after consuming them.
Because it affects both testosterone and estrogen, cheese lowers the libido — so save that cheese platter for a night in with friends.
Soda, and any food or drink that’s high in refined sugar, is a quick way to kill your sex drive. Refined sugar has been associated with increased levels of anxiety and depression, which are two fast libido-killers. Other foods and drinks that are high in refined sugar include candy bars, juice, and sweet breakfast cereals.
This beloved cereal arguably has the most interesting reason for being a libido-killer. John Harvey Kellogg, the creator of the flakes was a huge believer in abstinence and spent a considerable amount of time coming up with foods that would blunt sexual urges.
Beans and legumes
Although beans and legumes are generally a healthy addition to your diet, they’re not exactly conducive to a satisfying night of sex. They’re loaded with oligosaccharides (carbohydrates that are difficult to digest) and they create gas in the large intestine. Gassy bellies can be physically uncomfortable to the point of pain, and it can be tough to feel super-sexy and in the mood when you’re body’s filled with air.
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