Today I want to answer a funny but interesting question: Do vegans taste better, for real? And if so, why? I actually have a good amount of evidence to share about this.
So, do vegans taste better? Vegans are generally believed to taste better than omnivores. This may be due to more fruits and vegetables in the diet, along with cutting out meat and dairy. In any case, even adult entertainment stars have said vegetarians and vegans taste better.
Of course, claims like this need to be defended. So let’s dig into some of the details! Bonus: I will also be covering which vegan foods can actually make you taste worse down there!
Can a Vegan Diet Really Change the Taste of Your… Fluids?
Supposedly there haven’t been real scientific studies about the impacts of diet on how people taste down there.
But anecdotal evidence is everywhere that a vegan diet improves how you taste. I’ve had my own partners comment on it, actually.
In preparation for this article, I searched on PubMed, a government-run research archive, to check if there are any legitimate studies about this. I didn’t find anything! Not even one study!
Still, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence for us to go off of.
Which Foods Make Vegans Taste Better?
Most of the foods suggested to make vegans taste better are fruits and vegetables. Fruits are especially common suggestions, likely due to the fructose (sugar). Pineapple, kiwi, plums, apples, and all kinds of citrus fruits are suspected to cause a sweeter taste for vegans.
Along with these fruits, some people attest to the benefit of eating herbs like parsley, cilantro, spearmint, peppermint, and green tea for a better taste down there.
Former adult actress Annie Sprinkle said that, after years of tasting hundreds of men, vegetarian men taste sweeter than meat-eaters. She also gave specific suggestions on which foods contributed to the worst taste, which I’ll cover below.
For the best chances of tasting good down there, evidence suggests we should eat a healthy plant-based diet with lots of fruit.
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Which Foods Make You Taste Worse Down There?
Along with saying that eating meat contributes to worse tasting fluids, Sprinkle said smoking, drinking alcohol, and doing drugs contribute a bad taste. Lastly, she mentioned that asparagus makes you taste bad.
There seems to be a consensus about asparagus, actually, which makes sense because it’s famous for producing bad-smelling urine. So be careful with asparagus if you’re trying to taste as good as possible.
One writer reported that, along with asparagus, “chicken, garlic, onions, and dairy products” negatively affect how a person tastes. This makes sense to me, with garlic and onions having such strong tastes and odors.
One source I found also stated that cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage can make you taste worse.
That is supposedly due to the sulfur-containing compounds, i.e. sulforaphane, found in that family of vegetables. Sulforaphane is said to help fight cancer, so it’s really a great nutrient—but supposedly not for how you taste.
Vegetables That Make You Taste Worse Down There
So, if you’re keeping track, there are a significant number of vegetables on this “worse-tasting” list, along with meat and dairy. These may be of interest to vegans, specifically.
Here are the vegetables that are suspected to make you taste worse:
- Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, collard greens, arugula, and bok choy
- And maybe by extension, other vegetables in the onion family: scallions, green onions, shallots, leeks, and chives.
Related: Are Vegans More or Less Fertile Than Non-Vegans?
I found multiple sources claiming that a vegan diet increases fertility, on both the male and female side of the equation. But when I looked at the details, the evidence seemed to be saying that higher consumption of fruits and vegetables is what actually helps.
But another way that a vegan diet can impact fertility may be indirectly, through the diet’s effect on body weight. Obese men tend to be less fertile. Some research has shown that red meat can slow down your little swimmers.
I also found sources arguing the opposite message—that a vegan diet is worse for fertility. A few years ago, the media ran with a story alleging worse fertility for vegans in a Loma Linda University study. But based on my understanding, the research was poorly done and shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Sources explaining why a vegan diet may decrease fertility seem to point to potential nutrient deficiencies on a vegan diet. These potential deficiencies include vitamin B12, vitamin A (retinol), DHA and EPA, and zinc.
So if you’re trying to conceive on a vegan diet, you might look into the benefits of supplementing with these nutrients. (Every long-term vegan should be supplementing with vitamin B12.)
Other Romantic Benefits to a Vegan Diet Besides How You Taste
Especially for older men, a healthy vegan diet can help reverse erectile dysfunction. This is because erectile dysfunction is a form of clogged arteries—not enough blood flow can get to your private parts.
So the same properties that make veganism heart healthy also provide these other circulatory benefits. Here is a video all about how veganism helps with erectile dysfunction. (It can also help women achieve better blood flow to their organs for a better experience.)
A vegan diet also often causes weight loss. (Statistically, vegans have a lower body mass index, or BMI, compared to both meat-eaters and Lacto-ovo vegetarians.) This can, of course, make various… positions… easier and more comfortable.
It’s well known that many people who go vegan also report higher energy levels. This may affect bedroom performance, too, especially if you’re the one exerting more of the energy.
Studies have also shown a more attractive, masculine, and pleasant body odor from vegetarians compared to meat eaters.
So, this post was mostly just for fun, but still, let’s recap what we’ve learned:
• There seems to be unanimous agreement that vegans tend to taste better.
• Sources cite many other potential romantic benefits of a vegan diet.
• Many of the benefits mentioned above, including better taste, are based mostly on fruit and vegetable intake, not strictly on whether you’re vegan.
• Some of the remaining benefits are based on having a lower BMI (body mass index), which could also be attained on a non-vegan diet.
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