The best foods to consume before and after making love — and which ones to avoid

The best foods to consume before and after making love — and which ones to avoid. Photo: pexels
The best foods to consume before and after making love — and which ones to avoid. Photo: pexels

Those with an active intimate life know that some foods can be rather unromantic choices to consume before or after making love. However, others can boost your health and libido.

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In general, natural foods are recommended to enhance an intimate life, as opposed to ultra-processed foods — which can hinder your love life. Below, discover ten foods you should add to your plate and five you should avoid if you’re planning some intimate moments. Information from “Slice”.

Foods to consume before and after intimacy

Dark Chocolate

While science hasn’t fully confirmed if foods considered “aphrodisiacs” actually work as claimed, dark chocolate can be consumed prior to intimacy due to its content of anandamide and phenylethylamine (PEA) — known as the passion hormone. Both ingredients can boost your mood by releasing endorphins.
Phenylethylamine also helps regulate physical energy and focus and is linked to a feeling of emotional euphoria, raising blood pressure and heart rate. However, due to the presence of methylxanthines, these energy benefits are short-lived.


To counter the relatively short effects of chocolate, consider the avocado. Rich in healthy fats, minerals, and vitamin B6 (which supports energy and desire), this fruit can maintain your energy in the long run, and also keeps the skin and other organs healthy.


Besides being fruits associated with sensuality, strawberries are rich in zinc, antioxidants, and vitamin C, which can boost libido. Zinc is crucial for intimate health and plays a role in regulating testosterone and vaginal lubrication.


Watermelon contains citrulline, which can elevate mood just like chocolate. Moreover, the fruit is highly hydrating.


Besides being quick snack options, apples refresh your breath and can remove any food particles from your teeth. And if you like the idea of making your own “love fruit salad,” bananas, pomegranate seeds, and figs are also good for your well-being.


Like strawberry seeds, nuts like cashews and almonds are packed with zinc.


The tiny flaxseeds are full of energy to keep you active all night long.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids, beneficial for gynecological health. Additionally, they are packed with iron, which aids in relaxation and energy.


Ginger not only freshens the breath but also improves circulation and dilates the blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the genital organs and stimulating arousal.

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Besides ultra-processed foods, excessively fatty and salty ones — which can cause gas and stomach discomfort — here are another five foods you should avoid before making love.


Cheeses are dairy products, and they can act as a mucus builder and cause congestion in many people — plus bloating.


Beans contain high levels of raffinose — a type of carbohydrate poorly digested by the body — and needless to say, gas doesn’t help anyone feel sexy.

Alcoholic Beverages

While a glass or two of wine can certainly lower inhibitions, drinking too much can make you feel drowsy and impact male function.

Black Licorice

It might sound odd, and this treat might not be a regular part of your diet, but black licorice has been linked to a decrease in testosterone levels.

Large meals

Having a big meal just before intimacy can direct blood flow to the digestive system instead of the genital organs, leading to sluggishness.

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