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10 Foods And Drinks That Kill Your Sex Drive

Food and sex have had a complicated relationship over the years, almost as complicated as your own love life. Taking someone out to dinner is a fail-safe date, and making dinner at your own place is that much more impressive. There are even foods meant to boost your libido, like shellfish and avocados.

But, as with every relationship, food and sex have their disagreements, too.

Yep, there are foods that do a pretty good job of turning you and your partner off, rather than on. And if that’s not really the mood you’re looking to set for your big date Saturday night, then you’ll want to avoid eating these 11 foods that will kill your sex drive.

CHEESE


While cheese platters might be a classy way to impress your date, they’re also a one-way ticket to Abstinence-ville. Population: You. The multitudes of hormones in dairy products, like cheese, might mess with your hormone levels, including estrogen and testosterone. And when your hormones are askew, it’s likely that your sex drive won’t be at its strongest.

MINT


Skip the pre-kiss gum, guys; the menthol in mint lowers testosterone, which in turn depletes your sex drive. Try a fruitier flavor to keep your breath and your libido fresh.

CORNFLAKES


Good advice for that early breakfast date? (Hey, there are weirder things.) If you and your date are meeting in the morning (or maybe you’re still together from the night before…) skip this bland breakfast cereal. Otherwise, you’ll have a much less enjoyable, uh, morning grind.
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, who invented corn flakes, believed that sweet or spicy foods inflamed the passions, and sought to depress the libido with a bland, sugarless cereal. The reasoning behind his diabolical experiment is unknown. However, it’s unlikely that Kellogg created a cereal so bland that it makes sex unappealing; more likely, it’s the carbs and grains in this cereal that kill your drive.

COFFEE

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Planning on, uh, pulling an all-nighter? Not with coffee, you’re not. If coffee makes you jittery, then you should not be drinking it before having sex. Your increased anxiety from the caffeine intake will lower your sex drive, as people with caffeine sensitivity have most likely experienced.

CHOCOLATE


This one might seem surprising, considering that chocolate has been well-known as an aphrodisiac for years. While this may hold true for women, men are singing a different tune when it comes to chocolate and sex; chocolate actually lowers testosterone levels, lowering male sex drive dramatically. Sorry dudes, leave the boxes of chocolate to the ladies.

MICROWAVABLE POPCORN


Having your date over to Netflix and chill? Skip the microwavable popcorn. Definitely for the sake of your sex drive, but also for some more serious health reasons. Chemicals like perfluorooctanoic acid found in the bag’s lining can not only kill your libido, but over the long term, can even cause prostate problems in men. Switch to stove top corn, fellas. Still romantic and delicious, minus the unpronounceable chemical that’s slowly killing your prostate.

SOY


This one isn’t all bad — for women, at least. Soy has high levels of estrogen, which means that ingesting soy products prior to sex will boost a woman’s libido significantly. However, for men, the opposite can be said. Eating soy boosts a man’s estrogen levels, doing a pretty good job of ending his sex drive pretty much on the spot.

FRIED FOOD


We’d like to think that Mickey D’s is not your go-to dinner date spot. If, for whatever reason, it is, you’re essentially sabotaging your love life. Fried foods and foods that are high in fat (which, yes, means fast food in most cases) leave you feeling tired and sluggish. Shockingly, that’s not very sexy. Even worse, hydrogenated fats and oils suppress male testosterone levels. That double whammy is not worth that double cheeseburger.

ALCOHOL


While bars may be a prime place for meeting people, they’re also a prime place for embarrassing sexual encounters. Of the limp kind. Sure, that last tequila shot gave you the confidence to ask someone to come home with you, but it will also reduce testosterone levels and limit sexual function in both men and women.

LICORICE


Skip this snack at your next movie date. Due to a natural ingredient in the candy called glycyrrhizin, eating a high amount of licorice can suppress your libido and lower testosterone levels. Granted, you would have to eat a lot of licorice for this to be a serious issue — but do you really want to risk it?

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This Smelly Food Makes Women More Attracted To Men Who Eat It, Study Finds

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Garlic breath might scare away the ladies, but garlic body odor will keep them wanting more. Men who eat a sizeable amount of garlic smell more attractive to women, a new study finds.

In the study, published in the journal Appetite, the researchers discovered a positive correlation between how much garlic a man eats and how appealing his body odor is to the opposite sex.

During the experiment, 42 male participants were given varying amounts of garlic bulbs or capsules to consume in three separate phases. Their body odors were collected by the pads they were required to wear for 12 hours after. Those pads were then sniffed by 82 women who rated the smell by their attractiveness, intensity and pleasantness.

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The first phase involved 6 grams (2 cloves) of garlic, which the men ate with bread and cheese. The second phase involved 12 grams (4 cloves of garlic), and the third phase involved 12 grams of garlic in capsule form.

For the results of the first phase, women who sniffed the pads didn’t rate the odor any differently than the odor of men who ate only bread and cheese. Their body odors were rated the same as the control group that was not given any garlic.

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When researchers doubled the amount of garlic consumption to 12 grams in the second phase, women found the odor to be increasingly pleasant, attractive and less intense than the non-garlic odor. The women rated the odor from the third phase the same as the second.

The experimenters concluded that garlic and body odor go hand in hand for men when it comes to attracting a female partner. The researchers speculate that the healthy benefits from eating garlic is exuded in body odor. The pheromones from a male’s body is thus a marker of good health and will consequently elicit a response from the opposite sex.

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Study co-author and psychology professor at the University of Stirling in the UK, Craig Roberts, noted the pros of eating garlic:

“As the health benefits of garlic consumption include antioxidant, immunostimulant, cardiovascular bactericidal and anti-cancer effects, it is plausible that human odor preferences have been shaped by sexual selection.”

Roberts gave a possible explanation for the results:

“From an evolutionary perspective, formation of preferences for diet-associated body odors was possibly shaped by means of sexual selection. Previous research indicates that many animal species use diet-associated cues to select mates in good physical condition.”

Written by Laura Dang of NextShark