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I know aphrodisiac foods are fake, but is there anything you can eat that makes for better sex? Like how eating a banana prevents cramping in sports?
Sarah: Being neither a sports nutritionist nor a medical professional, I can’t recommend any foods based on researched science. Anecdotally, however, I can give you a lengthy list of foods to avoid in order to save yourself from a potentially disastrous bedroom romp: any food in which chili and nacho cheese are the main condiments, anything served from a mobile food distribution location of any kind, particularly gassy cruciferous vegetables, any and all beans, a solo six pack, and anything eaten competitively. Get some complex, slow-burning carbs in there for long-lasting fuel and get ready to go all night, if that’s your thing. Basically, treat your pre-sex meal like any other pre-workout meal: something that keeps you going without slowing you down.
Dr. Debby: Your timing is fantastic! Here at The Kinsey Institute we have a new art exhibit opening around the theme of aphrodisiacs. I hope you’ll come and check it out - the opening is this Friday September 19 from 4:30 to 7pm on the IU Bloomington Campus: http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/services/gallery.html As for foods and better sex, I know of no foods that will give you instantly better sex. However, some research suggests that a Mediterranean Diet (you know, heavy on lean proteins such as fish, good oils, nuts, veggies, etc) is linked to better sexual function (desire, arousal, orgasm) for both women and men. However, the idea is that it’s an ongoing diet and not something you can eat today for better sex tonight. If you’re looking for dietary advice for better sex later on this evening, I’d encourage you to think about what to avoid rather than what to eat. For example, you might want to steer clear of foods that make you feel bloated or gassy, and also avoid meals that are super heavy and make you want to go to bed for sleep rather than sex.