6 Foods You Should NEVER Eat Before A Really Big Date

"Did my stomach just make that sound?!"


Amy Hopkins |

That moment when you lean in for a kiss, time seems to slow down and – cringe! – “Did my stomach just make that sound?!”

Depending on how many dates you’ve had, a few, erm, digestive issues could end up in nervous laughs and awkward “what was that?” moments. Not that those reactions really matter. What matters is that YOU FEEL GREAT and some foods just happen to give you the bloats, gas and make you look like you’re six months preggers. Mazel! (Not quite…) Some foods may even change the pH levels of your vagina or the way it smells. So if you’re hoping to have some sexy time and want to feel your best, avoid these foods on D day:

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Beans

While they’re a great nutritional source of fibre and vegan protein, they contain a complex sugar (raffinose), which the body struggles to digest. Studies show that pre-soaking your beans the night before and then cooking them with fresh water can help prevent this though.

Dairy

A lot of people have a lactose intolerance (another sugar culprit). This happens with people can’t produce enough lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose. Increased gas in one of the symptoms of lactose intolerance.

Whole Grains

Packed with fibre and major gas providers. In fact, rice is the only grain that doesn’t cause gas. Pilaf anyone?

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Asparagus

Not only does it make your wee smell bad, but just like beans (and broccoli and cabbage), it contains raffinose, which can cause excess gas.

Sweeteners

‘Sugar-free’ sweets and gums that contain sorbitol can make you bloated. Plus, it’s a good idea to consume less sugar and sweeteners in general. The World Health Organisation recommends no more than six teaspoons of sugar (in all foods and drinks) per day. Plus sugar can play a role in causing yeast infections.

Odoriferous Foods

An important component of of vagina odour comes from sweat, so naturally in can be inferred that foods that make your sweat more odoriferous, will likely do the same for your vag. “If you ingest foods with very strong odors like garlic, it’s possible that that can translate to a smell in your vaginal area,” says Dr Djinge Lindsay.

BTW, the reverse – the idea that certain foods can make your vagina taste ‘better’ – is in no way scientifically proven (unless you think the Kardashians are scientists). Odor forming foods include: alcohol, asparagus, beans, cabbage, meat, coffee, dairy, garlic and onions.

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So, whats a gal to do? Eat these libido- and mood-boosting foods instead…

Chillies

Capsaicin – found in all varieties of chillies – triggers the release of endorphins (those feel-good guys) and stimulates your nerve endings.

Oysters

These gorgeous salt-of-the-sea slurpers contain large amounts of zinc, which can help increase your libido. Obvs avoid if you have a shellfish allergy – we only want the right things to swell – wink.

Baby Spinach

Spinach is a great source of magnesium, which helps to dilate your blood vessels, creating better blood flow… And better blood flow to the right areas can result in greater arousal.

Dark Chocolate

Ah yes… You’ve heard it before. Chocolate can cause those ‘in love’ feelings. How? It contains phenylethylamine, which releases the same endorphins triggered by sex and can increases feelings of attraction.

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