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Facing some issues in bed? A lot of things might be a factor that’s killing your libido – smoking, medications and many more. However, one of the factors we always tend to overlook is our dietary habits. Steer clear of these foods if you tend to consume them frequently!

#1. Cheese

Could you say no to cheese? Cheese is absolutely delicious. But made from cow’s milk which might contain synthetic hormones, eating cheese might mess with the natural production of hormones in your body such as estrogen and testosterone. So, try to stay away from the heavenly smell of cheese, if you can.

#2. Sugar

Indulging your sweet tooth is firstly going to affect your health – obesity, increase in blood sugar level and increasing the risk of heart disease are just some of the many potential health issues.

Sugar also reduces testosterone levels. In a study, guys aged from 19 to 74 were given 75g of sugar, twice the recommended daily intake for men. After consuming the sugar, their testosterone levels were tested and it showed a 25 percent decrease on average. 

If you’re craving for sugar, opt for fruits or other healthy snacks that contain naturally occurring sugar! However, if you need that sugar in your cup of coffee every morning,  choose stevia instead of normal sugar as the stevia is derived from plants and it is 200 times sweeter that normal sugar!

#3. Coffee

You must be surprised that coffee is on this list because coffee could increase your endurance and stamina too! This fact still stands – only if you do not get the jitters from coffee as those who do would experience a lower sex drive. So if you are one of those who are sensitive to caffeine, try some other drinks in the morning such as Chai tea for a pick-me-up.

#4. Popcorn

One of the most common date idea ever – movies after dinner. But if you like to save some bucks and have microwaved popcorn at home while you’re watching a movie with your other half, it’s time to cut them out. Not because popcorn itself is bad, but because there are chemicals such as perfluorooctanoic acid found in the lining of the popcorn bag that can kill your sex drive. It could even cause prostate problems in the long run. Rest assured that normal popcorns sold at cinemas are fine though!

#5. Alcohol

We know how wine or other alcohol can get you in the mood, but if you drink frequently, it’ll do you more harm than good. Alcohol is a depressant which can jeopardise your libido – and it applies to both sexes! Next time when you drink, drink in a 2-to-1 ratio of water to alcoholic beverages.

#6. Canned soup

Who doesn’t love a warm bowl of canned soup on a lazy day at home? Readily available at the nearest supermarket, there’s a wide variety of flavours for you to choose from! However, did you know that they are high in sodium? This can lead to an increase in blood pressure, decreasing blood flow to other parts of the body, including your genitals!

#7. Mint

Having a fresh breath is crucial, but too much mint might not give you any further benefit than just a fresh breath as the menthol in the mint will decrease your testosterone levels, killing your libido.

#8. Beetroot

It is one of the most nutritious and delicious vegetables on the market, but sadly it doesn’t benefit your performance in bed. Beetroot contains compounds that boost your estrogen levels. Though it does not affect your testosterone levels, eating too much beetroot might cause a hormonal imbalance.