11 Anti-Aphrodisiac Foods
Corn Flakes isn't the only bland creation aimed to curb our sex drive
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2009 10:36 PM CDT
Cilantro, used by monks to stem sexual urges.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – Like sex itself, aphrodisiacs are an eternally popular subject. But what about anti-aphrodisiacs (more properly known as anaphrodisiacs)? Among the top sexual depressants, per 11 Points:

  • Corn Flakes. John Harvey Kellogg was a proponent of abstinence and invented Corn Flakes in the belief that a bland, meatless breakfast would calm bodily urges.
  • Gin and tonics. Quinine, the principle ingredient in tonic water, can lower testosterone levels. And gin, like any alcohol, can inhibit sexual performance. Of course, alcohol also inhibits inhibition itself, so maybe this one's neutral ...
  • Soy. There's a persistent rumor that monks eat soy to stave off sexual urges.

  • Cilantro. Again, used by monks.
  • Graham crackers. The 1820s brainchild of Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham, who believed his lightly sweet biscuit was the antidote to meat-enhanced sex drive.
  • Licorice. Eating enough of it can slow libido in men and women.
  • Tuna noodle casserole. Little scientific evidence, but there’s this, in response to a Yahoo Answers query about turn-offs: “Tuna noodle casserole!! My husband hates it and knows that if that's what he is eating for dinner he has pissed me off and isn't getting any :)”
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njgreen
Oct 16, 2009 11:13 AM CDT
Let's not forget the category of "long-term anti-aphrodisiacs" - the fast foods, junk foods, corn syrup sodas, and other crap that, with repeated consumption, will make you fat and ugly and unable to score.
saratoday
Oct 15, 2009 9:16 AM CDT
Soy mimics estrogen and can have serious effects on women. Perhaps on men too, although I haven't seen any studies on that. Maybe the monks were on to something.
saratoday
Oct 15, 2009 9:13 AM CDT
Soy mimics estrogen and in can have serious effects on women. So perhaps it could effect men too? Maybe the monks were onto something.