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An Expert Explains What Really Makes A Guy’s Semen Taste ‘Good’ And ‘Bad’

After one of the last times I swallowed during a blow job, there was a high probability of me throwing up on the guy’s dick.

Luckily, Katniss Everdeen was looking over me, and the odds remained ever in my favor.

The guy I was with and I had just consumed (not by my choice) a healthy, gluten-free meal of fresh vegetables and a fried egg before deciding to go at it.

Little did I know, the choice to consume his seed after eating such a meal would be a killer on my taste buds.

Both clinical sexologist Lawrence Siegel and your average, everyday blowjob giver have been able to conclude that certain foods, spices and other substances can alter the fluctuating taste of a man’s ejaculate.

Whether or gulping it down is in your best interest… well, that’s a different story.

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When makes semen taste “good”

Siegel says,

The foods that are commonly claimed to improve or sweeten the taste of semen are basically foods that are good for you. One of the most common claims is that eating fruits like pineapple, papaya, and oranges will make semen taste sweeter.

This may have less to do with the sugar content of the fruit itself than how certain enzymes break down and affect various proteins, like bromelian.

And while there are also a number of vegetables (i.e. celery, parsley and wheatgrass) and spices (i.e. cinnamon and nutmeg) that can also alter a man’s semen for the better, don’t expect a drastic jump in flavor to something you’d find in Willy Wonka’s factory.

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“The taste change will not be dramatic,” Siegel says. “It won’t go from a slightly salty or sweet cleanser to Kool-Aid.”


What makes semen taste “bad”

If your man friend just had himself a delicious dish of greens, don’t expect a delightful tang when his semen hits your tongue. With every hero comes a diabolically bitter villain, and in semen’s case, that’s cruciferous vegetables.

Siegel says,

Cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, broccoli, kale, bok choy, and brussel sprouts, while other vegetables like asparagus, garlic, onion, and chives are also reported to make semen bitter.

These effects are likely due to the fact that when your body breaks down these foods, sulfur compounds are significant by-products (think how the body’s reaction to asparagusic acid makes your urine smell).

Other substances detrimental to cum’s taste are toxins, otherwise known as things we love to consume but are actually eating away at our bodies.

Think that delicious cup of coffee, that cigarette you consume on your lunch break or the margaritas you chug during happy hour. Yep, Siegel says those all affect semen, too, and not in a good way.

“It has also been reported that those who eat a lot of processed foods, including junk and fast food — foods with a lot of preservatives — have more bitter tasting semen than those with healthier diets,” Siegel adds. “Again, this is all anecdotal, at best.”


What affects semen’s taste beyond food

But while you are what you eat, is food consumption the only thing that truly influences how semen tastes? And is the man solely to blame when things tend to taste on the funky side?

Siegel doesn’t think so. In fact, he thinks the concept of fertility is one factor we should consider when it comes to taste.

“Some of the same genes that allow our taste receptors to experience sweet and savory, for example, are also very active in sperm and in the testes, suggesting some connection to fertility,” Siegel says. “It has long been known that during ovulation, women tend to experience heightened sensitivities to sweet tastes, suggesting similar connections to fertility.”

When it comes to taste, what someone deems “good” versus what someone deems “bad” can vary depending on the person.

It’s like how someone can douse a dish in cilantro, favoring it’s lime-like flavor, while someone else can think it tastes like straight-up dish soap.

Everyone’s different.

There is a complex interplay between interpersonal and biological mechanisms that will continue to change the taste of a guy’s semen throughout our lives,” Siegel says.

It’s clear that the taste of semen goes pretty far beyond the palate, but there isn’t any actual solid, scientific backing that determines what changes its taste.

Until a drug is produced that alters ejaculate’s flavor to that of an orange mocha Frappuccino, women and gay men alike will just have to bite the bullet and stomach the taste of semen — whatever it may be — if they’re looking to appease their partner.

Or you know, just spit… but that’s for quitters.

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Sean Abrams is a sex & dating writer for Elite Daily. He enjoys long walks on the beach and large glasses of tequila. When he's not putting his thoughts on paper, he likes to pretend he's just like Channing Tatum in "Step Up" as a hip hop d ...
Sean Abrams is a sex & dating writer for Elite Daily. He enjoys long walks on the beach and large glasses of tequila. When he's not putting his thoughts on paper, he likes to pretend he's just like Channing Tatum in "Step Up" as a hip hop d ...

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