10 foods that affect your sex drive (in a bad way)
Stop eating these NOW if you don't want piss all over your sex parade.
Jan 27, 2016 2:07am
By Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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We all *want to be in the mood for some loving, but sometimes, you're just not feeling it. Why is* that? Well, it turns out it could be your diet that's negatively affecting your sex drive. Frida Harju, in house nutritionist at health and fitness app Lifesum knows exactly what will put your fire out, and has shared her info with us so you know exactly what to avoid next time you've got 'an evening in' planned. Winky emoji, aubergine emoji.
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1. Alcohol This one's not exactly a newsflash. We've all had enough drunk sex to know it's about 36450 times harder to make you both orgasm while under the influence. But it's not all bad news, as Frida explains: "alcohol in moderation does not cause any damage to your libido." "However," she continues, "excessive drinking can cause erectile difficulties in men or trouble achieving an orgasm, in both men and women. Excessive alcohol can also make you sleepy and uninterested." Yup, been there.
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2. Red meats "Interestingly, some red meats can contain added hormones or antibiotics, which can unbalance a man's natural hormone levels if eaten in large quantities," Frida informs us. Which is fairly annoying, because nothing says 'date night' like a big hunk of steak. But there is hope: "opting for a "leaner cut like a classic filet mignon, for a healthy and balanced diet that will not wreak havoc with your libido."
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3. Cheese Ugh, WHY is it all the good things? "Though cheese is absolutely delicious, especially when you have a carefully selected platter, it can mess with your hormones, again, for both men and women, affecting testosterone and oestrogen, which in turn lowers the libido," says Frida. On the plus side, though, cheese probably gives you almost as much (if not more) pleasure than sex. So if you're not prepared to give that up in the name of your sex drive, we totally respect your decision.
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4. Mint "This may be a surprising one to have on the list, especially considering the necessity of gum or mints pre-date, but mint can work as a turn-off, especially for the fellas," we're warned. "The menthol in the mint tends to lower testosterone, which will in turn lower the sex drive." So that means no mojitos, either.
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5. Liquorice Look, it's unlikely you'll share a bag of Licquorice Allsorts over a date, but you never know. And just in case the idea is ever toyed with, say NO. Why? "This plant is often used in candies, herbal teas and other drinks," says Frida. "While delicious, it contains phytoestrogens, which affect the levels of testosterone in the body (both men and women have testosterone), weakening your sexual desire."
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6. Quinine "Quinine is most commonly used to flavour drinks such as tonic water. Unfortunately, it is also shown to have a negative effect on the libido," Frida informs us. Great, so not only does gin make us miserable, but tonic makes us frigid. We'll cross *that one off our 'acceptable date drinks' list, then. Tequila shots it is.
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7. Chocolate This is getting unfair, now. There's nothing sexier than a chocolate fondue, is there? But apparently that's a rookie error, according to Frida. "While absolutely delicious, chocolate is full of methylxantines, which can make us lethargic and sleepy, naturally lowering your sex drive," we're warned. And we guess falling asleep during sex isn't the *best way to communicate to your partner how into them you are.
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8. Fried foods "Not only are greasy foods bad for a healthy diet, but they can also affect our sex drives," advises Frida. "The trans-fat found in most fried foods is known to decrease the libido in both men and women by increasing abnormal sperm production in men and interferes with gestation in women." Which is fair dos, because who wants to have sex after a date in McDonald's anyway? #JustSaying.
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9. Microwaved popcorn SAY NO TO CINEMA DATES. "While the perfect accompaniment to a movie night, this snack can cause damage to the sex drive. The chemicals used in the linings of popcorn bags has been linked to a lower sex drive. Popcorn bags contain perfluoroalkyl acids, which lower sperm counts in men and decrease the libido in women," we're told. And that's not the one, because sperm is kind of useful when it comes to a man orgasming.
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10. Corn flakes "Surprising as this one is, it actually makes perfect sense," says Frida. But it all comes down to John Harvey Kellogg, the creator of the famous cereal brand, being a big believer in abstinence. Genuinely. "He spent a considerable amount of time coming up with foods that would blunt sexual urges," Frida tells us. "While corn flakes are a great breakfast food, avoid them before any sexual activity, or spice them up with a natural aphrodisiac like a dash of cinnamon which warms up your body (and your sex drive), or a bit of honey which increases testosterone and oestrogen production." Who knew cereal could be such a dampener? SOURCE: Cosmopolitan UK