I had a beloved Frugivore reader write me the following:
I need you to settle a debate. Personally and theoretically do vegetarian/vegan men make better lovers? I have one friend who is convinced of this – particularly within the context of the entire experience. Her argument is that they “taste” better, smell better, can get it up at the drop of a dime, and have incredible stamina. I’m leery about this but then again I don’t know. I know the answer may be nuanced but I’m curious about your thoughts.
To his and my surprise, I actually haven’t had sex with a vegetarian or vegan man (or woman). But I have heard similar reports of vegetarian and vegan men holding it down in the bedroom. As all stereotypes have truths and exceptions, I wanted to dive deeper into the hype surrounding vegetarian and vegan male lovers. What does the research say? Do they really “taste” better? Have less body odor? Get it up on request? And keep it up for their partner’s pleasure? Let’s explore the truths and exceptions to these mystical non-meat-eating lovers.
When it comes to semen, it is true that a man’s diet impacts its taste. The more alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and drugs that he consumes, the more bitter and polluted his semen will become. But for vegetarian men in particular, they have the benefit of not having red meat in their diets, which often can cause semen to taste salty. Dairy has been reported to have similar effects. But that doesn’t make the non-meat diet the perfect solution to delicious, edible male secretions. Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and cabbage aren’t always the best ingredients for semen. But fruits that are high in natural sugars, such as pineapple, mangoes, and melons help with offsetting bitterness and increasing sweetness.
What about the funk? What you put in your body impacts the odor that comes out. Red meat is one of the major causes of body odor, as it causes stagnation in the body and releases numerous toxins into the bloodstream through the large intestine. Manufactured foods are also a “no no,” as they lack fiber and are made with refined white flour, added sugars, and other processed ingredients. Plant-based diets, meaning you could be completely vegetarian, vegan, or just eat little meat, works as an internal deodorizer, as chlorophyll and phytonutrients cleanse you on the inside. Herbs such as sage, rosemary, and thyme are also great. And a healthy diet in general of whole grains, vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts, and seeds also provides a less funky outcome. Vegetarian and vegan men that operate within these terms just might have little body odor. But then again, men who eat little red meat and manufactured foods, along with a plant-based diet, might fare the same.
But can they get it and keep it up? The question that most women and men-seeking-men really want to know. Of course, exercise is a major aid in general for stamina in the bedroom. But when it comes to our diets, various foods that are often found in the vegetarian diet can assist in getting and maintaining an erection. What should he eat? Blueberries are excellent for increasing circulation and lowering cholesterol, which results in stronger and longer erections. Zinc is also great for testosterone production, and is available in foods such as chickpeas, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds. Getting enough Vitamin B is also essential, as it plays a role in eliminating fatigue. Thus, soy beans, lentils, and bananas are a man’s best friend. Once again, it seems like vegetarian-friendly foods are leading the way for better male lovers, but meat-eaters seem like they can still fit in with a healthy approach to eating.
In all, what’s been your experience(s) with non-meat-eating versus meat-eating male lovers? Let’s settle this once and for all!