You’ve probably heard that eating certain foods may enhance your libido or make you feel relaxed—like oysters and dark chocolate—but consuming the wrong foods can easily thwart your best efforts for a passionate evening. To get the low-down on foods to steer clear of on date night, we sought out expert tips from Houston-based Clinical Dietician, Kristi King, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Here’s the list of foods she suggests avoiding on a night (or day) that you plan on getting busy.
Everyone knows garlic can make your breath smell for hours, so not only will it keep vampires away, there’s a chance it’ll keep your sex partner away, too. Garlic also contains fructan, a hard-to-digest carbohydrate that could potentially contribute to gas and make you feel bloated. If you eat a lot of garlic (or onions) that scent can also come out in your sweat, so keep that in mind before grabbing an extra garlic knot at dinner.
Onions are in the same category as garlic. If you’re cooking with them before a special dinner, it might make you cry and ruin your eye makeup. They also contain fructan as mentioned above which can lead to gas, bloating, cramping, and all-around uncomfortable sensations in your belly.
Those cabbage family foods are notorious for producing gas. They contain galactan, another hard-to-digest carbohydrate. You may not need to avoid these foods completely before sex, but definitely eat a smaller portion of them than you normally would and pair the cruciferous veggies with a lean protein.
These legumes are referred to as the “magical” or “musical” fruit for good reason, they also contain galactan, which can produce excess gas in the small intestine when it isn’t digested properly. On top of that, beans contain prebiotics, healthy food for the bacteria in our small and large intestines. Once the bacteria “eat” their food, they produce gas. So now, you’ve got extra gas, which may lead to cramping, gassiness, bloating, and embarrassing situations as you’re about to get intimate.
5. Mint and Licorice
Before you pop that stick of mint gum, know that mint contains large amounts of menthol which can lower testosterone in men, and their sex drive. Licorice may also known to lower testosterone levels which is important for a woman’s libido as well! So instead of popping a mint or licorice to cover up bad breath, brush your teeth instead!
6. Fried Foods
Skip the French fries and greasy appetizers at dinner. Fat is one of the last things to leave the stomach, so eating fried foods can make you feel bloated or, worse, cause diarrhea.
These green stalks contain raffinose, a certain type of carbohydrate (galactan) that some people have difficulty digesting. If you happen to be one of those people, you may experience bloating and gassiness. To top it off, asparagus also contains asparagusic acid which is converted to a sulfur-containing chemical (think rotten egg smell) in our body – this is what makes some people’s urine smell. Let’s just say, it can also change the way your bodily fluids taste. So if you are planning on having someone “explore” all parts of the body, you may want to avoid this food.