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Natural smells and tastes are obviously part of our sexuality but let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter how much we love going down on our partner, their sexy bits don’t taste like a fruit salad.
But did you know that only 5% of semen is actually sperm. The remaining 95% is comprised of water containing fructose, sodium, and some vitamins and minerals and the taste can vary from bleachy to semi sweet. This is why diet, alcohol and smoking can have such a huge influence on how semen actually tastes. In fact we talked about it briefly in our blog post How to help her love blow jobs as much as you do!
The vagina also has a unique flavour which is sometimes described as fishy, metallic or bitter. Obviously personal hygiene and breathability of underwear can influence the way your vagina tastes but diet can also play a part.
Whilst many of us will grab a packet of mints before we go to sexy town there are foods which can improve the taste “down there”. And although there are not many scientific studies for what we’re about to reveal, there is a wealth of information on food and how it fuels the body and anecdotal evidence to back it up.
So, what changes can you make to your diet to help make genital secretions and semen more palatable for those up close and personal moments?
How to improve the taste of your semen
Cranberries: If you’re going to order a cocktail make it a cranberry & vodka. This tart fruit actually increases the body’s acidity which helps balance PH levels which in turn will reduce the saltiness of semen.
Celery: The humble celery stick is high in Vitamin C and has a high water content which helps flush away some of the saltiness. And like wheatgrass and parsley, celery also has a high chlorophyll content which is believed to sweeten the taste of semen.
Water: Water purifies you and cleanses your body of toxins so it’s no surprise that a few extra glasses of H2O can help change the taste of your semen.
Cinnamon: Anecdotally people say that cinnamon sweetens the taste of semen and you can also try cardamom, nutmeg, lemon and peppermint.
Fruit: The PH balance of semen is alkaline, so acidic fruits will help it taste sweeter. Pineapple has more acidity that other citrus fruits so it’s usually mentioned as the best option but kiwi fruit, plums, cherries, papaya and blueberries can all help.
Watermelon: Watermelon has the same hydrating effect as celery and it can also make semen taste sweeter. Research suggests that watermelon packs a punch when it comes to citrulline, which is an amino acid that works a little like Viagra. And it also has an added benefit in that it reduces the thickness of the texture of semen making it less gluggy.
How to improve the taste of your vagina
Cranberries: Cranberry juice naturally counters bacteria in the urinary tract system and also keeps PH levels balanced so it’s great for ladies as well as guys.
Celery: Vitamin C is very effective in restoring the ecology of vaginal bacteria and promoting the growth of healthy flora and can definitely reduce any bitter taste your vagina may have.
Yoghurt: Good for your gut and good for your vagina. Yoghurt contains active live cultures which help you maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in your vagina and neutralise the taste.
Cinnamon: As an alkaline spice cinnamon neutralises the acidic taste of the vagina and it’s mildly antibiotic properties may help treat yeast infections.
Fruit: Pineapple and citrus fruits can help maintain the delicate PH balance of the vagina and add sweetness to any sexual fluids. Other fruits which get an honourable mention are strawberries, watermelon and red grapes.
What should you avoid?
Junk food: Anything which is loaded with preservatives and chemicals will contribute to a bacterial imbalance. Ditto for fried and fatty foods.
Farty foods: If it gives you bad breath or makes you fart then it probably will also negatively impact on your taste. That means garlic, onions, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale and asparagus.
Red meat: The rumour is that vegetarians taste better, so you may want to reduce the amount of red meat and fish in your diet as they can make semen taste “buttery”. We’re not exactly sure what this means but it doesn’t sound very palatable.
Dairy: For men the high bacterial levels in cheese and some other dairy products can create a more salty or bitter flavour. The exception is natural yoghurt.
Coffee: Semen already has a slightly salty taste and the caffeine in your double shot skim latte will just add to the bitterness. We’re not saying give up coffee, just drink it in moderation.
Vices: Alcohol & nicotine don’t taste good on your breath and it’s no different when they make their way to your genitals. Reading back through comments on some earlier blog posts there is anecdotal evidence that the tar smoking leaves in your body can infuse both semen and vaginal fluids. And when it comes to drugs you are a product of what you put into your body, so choosing healthier options will ultimately change your body’s output.
There are also drugs on the market which claim they will make your sperm taste better. I’ve not tried them, and don’t know anyone who has, so I can’t comment or recommend. But with so many natural options available I honestly can’t see the point.
And remember what you consume typically stays in your body for 12-24 hours, sometimes longer. So if you adopt a new healthy eating regime give it a few days for the results to kick in. Your partner and your genitals will thank you.