What You’re Putting in Your Mouth May Not be Good for Your Love Life

A Little Weekend Fun!

For some reason, whenever I travel to Africa I always drink a lot tonic water. It’s an odd desire because I don’t drink tonic water in the US nor do I have a desire for bitter tasting drinks in general. In any case, on my last trip to the continent a colleague decided to educate me on the bad side-effects of tonic water. Bad side effects? Yes. As he read off the list of side-effects of Quinine, or the flavoring agent in tonic water, my ears perked up as soon as he said, ‘lowers libido’…errrrmmm… glass down. ‘Hmm.. that could be a problem.’

So I started to google what foods and drinks lower a person’s libido, just for bandeka users myself. From the following websites: http://www.11points.com/Food-Drink/11_Foods_That_Just_Might_Kill_Your_Sex_Drive and http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/nutrition/5-foods-that-lower-your-libido?slide=1 , I pulled out a few items below.

1. Corn Flakes

Developed by Seventh-Day Adventists including Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, who thought a bland, sugarless, meatless breakfast would be the key to keeping down the urges.

2. Quinine (found in tonic water)

Quinine, used as a flavoring agent in tonic water, is naturally derived from the bark of the cinchona tree and has been used for centuries for its anti-malarial properties. Unfortunately, it has also been linked to lowering testosterone levels.

3. Soy

Soy Beans are very rich in a number of nutrients including protein and vitamins A and B… but eaten in excessive quantity, soy can also lower testosterone levels.

4. Mint

Mints and mint oils are flavored with menthol, which can reduce testosterone and, in general, “cool” off your body.

5. Graham Crackers

Developed by Sylvester Graham, a Presbyterian Minister in the 1820s. Graham had a similar thought process as Harvey *see number 1.

6. Licorice

Consumption of licorice has been linked to lower levels of testosterone in both genders. (Although, you’d probably have to eat almost an entire tub of it to do that).

The list is definitely not exhaustive, but some of the things kind of make you think twice, no? Make sure you really know what are the effects of your ‘good’ eats 🙂


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