Valentine vegans: is it true what they say?

February 14, 2019 6:26 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Glowing skin, amazing hair, toned bodies bursting with enthusiasm and energy – type ‘vegan’ into an image search engine and you’ll find all of that. But….[whisper] is it true what they say? Do vegans have more sex – better sex – longer-lasting sex than other people? Or do meat-eaters have the edge? This Valentine’s Day seems the perfect time to investigate!

Who has better sex? Vegans or meat-eaters?

Let’s begin by taking a look at that icon of male sexuality – Gaston, from Beauty and the Beast. He’s a man (fictional, admittedly) who, if he ever encountered a vegan, would probably eat it. As a lad, Gaston consumed four dozen eggs a day, to help him ‘grow large’. Now that he’s grown, he reportedly eats five dozen eggs. The result? No-one’s as slick or quick as him. No-one else has a neck as thick as him. There’s no man in town half as manly: he’s perfect, a pure paragon. Not a single bit of him is scraggly or scrawny. And every last inch of him is, so we gather, covered in hair.

Gaston uses antlers in all of his decorating. I think the implication is pretty clear.

But vegans beg to differ. ‘Vegans do it better’, a PETA advert murmurs. ‘Men – why your lover will be glad you’re vegan’, whispers another of their articles, seductively. Gaston’s a loser, they say (though not in quite so many words). Women don’t want him. Frankly, the fact that he’s the ‘size of a barge’ means that he’s not quite the ‘man among men’ he thinks he is.

Who’s right?

A vegan diet gets the blood flowing

Vegans, if they’re doing it right, will be eating a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains. These are the foods, PETA say, that ‘clear your arteries and get your blood flowing to, well, the important bits’ (https://www.peta.org/living/food/men-lover-vegan/). There’s scientific research to back them up. It’s been proven that foods such as fruit, leafy greens, sunflower seeds and dark chocolate do a great job of increasing circulation to all parts of the body.

PETA also say that a plant-based diet gives increased stamina. On a vegan diet, you’ll have more energy and, as you’re likely to be slimmer, will be more confident and energetic. Your healthy lease of life will make it less likely that you’ll need to take medication that might affect your libido. Fruit and vegetables will also enhance sperm quality and general fertility for both sexes. And the sweat of vegans – and (ahem) other secretions – will smell and taste better too.

Can these claims be backed up? In part. It’s been established that foods rich in zinc and vitamin B can improve sperm quality and have positive impacts on the libido. You’ll find these nutritional elements in things such as pumpkin and sesame seeds, wholegrain cereals, lentils, chickpeas, pine nuts, almonds and figs. A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tentatively suggested that men who exercised regularly and ate a diet rich in fruit could lower their risk of developing erectile dysfunction by about 20%.

But conclusive evidence remains somewhat elusive. Individual elements have been identified as having positive effects, but their relationship to other elements, and their interaction with lifestyle factors, can be hard to disentangle. It’s perfectly clear – and well-established – that a healthy diet, along with exercise, is good for sexual performance. The question is: does that need to be a vegan diet?

Does eating meat or dairy do any harm?

There’s nothing to stop meat-eaters, vegetarians and fish-eaters from consuming pumpkin and sesame seeds, almonds and figs in abundance. But PETA and some other vegan campaigners say that meat and dairy products actually make sperm quality worse. They claim that these products clog up our arteries, reducing circulation and lowering libido. In particular, they point to research indicating that processed meat could affect sperm quality adversely.

On the other side, there are prominent voices arguing that vegans have got it all wrong. The lack of high-quality protein in many vegan diets leaves plant-eaters exhausted, they say. Numerous Youtube videos feature men who are far from impressed with the effects of a vegan diet on their sex lives.

Dieticians and scientists come down firmly in the middle ground: there are all sorts of healthy diets, and as long as you’re on one, you should be able to enjoy a healthy sex life. There’s been no definitive research to show that meat – even, as it happens, processed meat – affects sperm quality. Meat-eaters, as well as vegans, can enjoy wonderful sex lives (though quite possibly not together).

What matters, of course, is that your diet and overall lifestyle is healthy. Vegan or not, for stamina and tip-top fertility, you need to give up smoking, cut down on drinking, eat food with a high nutritional value and take plenty of exercise. There’s no magic bullet just yet: no scientifically proven ‘best libido-boosting diet’ out there. But lots of people are clearly having fun trying to find one. Tonight – just for fun – why not include some ‘libido-boosting foods’ in your dinner? From almonds to vanilla, our blog Food to make you fall in love highlights the products that might just make it a night to remember. They’re all vegan. Add a sausage if you like.

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