6 Scientific Reasons that Vegetarians Make Better Lovers


In 2014, the dating site AYI released information on a study about diet preference within dating. They found that when it comes to men, they are 11% more likely to go for vegetarian women than carnivores. Women are 13% more likely to choose meat-lovers. While men have a preference for plant-eating women, it’s actually the opposite for the other gender. It seems likely to be due to the “meat is macho” mentality which is quite frankly very outdated. Fortunately, there’s some scientific evidence out there that suggests that vegetarians make better lovers – male or female.

Less Erectile Dysfunction

Contrary to former belief, erectile dysfunction is not caused by anxiety.  It is a combination of physical and sometimes psychological problems.  One of the biggest culprits contributing to erectile dysfunction is heart disease.  Studies have found that up to 75% of heart disease patients have erectile dysfunction.  A large study released last year found that the vegetarian diet can reduce the risk of heart disease by 1/3, which means less erectile dysfunction as well.


Even without heart disease, a meat-eating diet isn’t good for a man’s parts.  According to Lee Hitchcox, the author of Long Life Now, the high amounts of saturated fat in meat restricts blood flow and increases blood pressure – both of which make it difficult for enough blood to get into the penile vessels.

Increase Natural Lubrication

A win for the ladies! Foods such as sunflower seeds and raw pumpkin are high in omega 3 fatty acids which will help keep you lubricated naturally. There will be no need for lube anymore!

More Stamina and Energy in Bed

There is no shortage of testimonies from vegetarians saying how much energy they have on their diet.  Well, this is actually backed by science too.  One study had men peddle on a stationary bicycle until their muscles failed.  The men on a high meat diet lasted only 57 minutes.  Men on a meat and veggie diet lasted 114 minutes.  The men on a vegetarian diet lasted an impressive 167 minutes.

Why did vegetarians last so much longer?  Could it be, as Heidi VanPelt-Belle of the Huntington College of Health Sciences explains because vegetables are assimilated into energy by the body faster?  This gives vegetarians more energy in and out of bed. There is no surprise that natural sex-enhancing supplements like Tongkat Ali are becoming so popular.  Since many people ditch processed foods in their transition to a vegetarian diet, this would also give them more energy than the typical meat eater.

Taste Better

When porn actress Annie Sprinkle was questioned on the matter, she said that vegetarians taste the best — and this is a woman who has sampled her fair share!  Science agrees with Annie.  Semen is made up of various components including nutrients like vitamin C and zinc.  The foods that men eat do affect the taste of their semen.  Because vegetarians tend to eat more fresh fruits, their semen is sweeter.  The chlorophyll in foods like celery and parsley also can make semen sweeter.  By contrast, red meat is known to make semen taste salty.  A word of warning to vegetarian men though: veggies in the cabbage family are high in sulfur and this can make semen taste bad.

Better Smelling


Why do vegetarians smell better than meat-eaters? One possible reason is that red meat causes toxins to be released into the bloodstream and large intestines, which then make it out through our pores.  Another reason is the bacteria on our skin.  The bacteria love to consume proteins and fats – which are plentiful in meat.  So, the bacteria thrive on meat-eaters and their waste produces a vile smell.

Researchers at Charles University in Prague tested this by having men give up meat for two weeks. Seventeen men were tested on a meat-full or meat-free diet and during that time, they wore extra clothing to increase the amount they sweat and wore special pads on their armpits to collect the results.

At the end of the two weeks, thirty women were asked to smell the fresh pads. They rated them based on: pleasantness, intensity, and attractiveness. The researchers then repeated the study, but this time changing which men were on which diet, and the same women were again brought in to smell the body odor.

The results? The men on the non-meat diet had the more attractive, masculine, and pleasant body odors whereas the meat-eaters had a less pleasant one.

Soy is Beneficial to Sexual Health

Contrary to what all those people at Weston A. Price Foundation and Mercola are touting, soy does not decrease sex drive, does not cause fertility problems, does not reduce sperm count, and definitely does not cause feminization of men. In fact, the opposite is true.  There are many studies that show the benefits of soy isoflavones for women, like keeping the vagina lubricated.  For men, studies show that soy isoflavones are beneficial for prostate health – which is a key male sex organ.  Without a healthy prostate gland, hormones would get out of whack, fertility would drop, and libido would plummet.

A lot of men believe that soy is high in estrogen to stay away from it, however, it’s actually cow’s milk that’s high in estrogen – as this is milk comes from a female and is used to grow her calf into a full-sized cow.

Primate research suggests soy and soy-based foods can increase hormone levels and sexual activity in humans. On top of this, you’re less likely to have clogged arteries from the cholesterol from meat and dairy products that can inhibit blood flow to our nether regions.

For more on the truth about soy, I recommend reading the article at Zen Habits.

Increased Libido

Okay, there is a lot of debate about this one, probably because it is difficult to scientifically measure sexual desire.  However, there is evidence that a vegetarian diet can increase libido.  One study looked at the effect of soy isoflavones on red colobus monkeys. The monkeys had their diet switched to include soy isoflavones.  Low and behold!  They suddenly started spending less time on grooming and more time copulating.  The vegetarian diet is also linked to better mood and mental health (read why here). Mental health is certainly important for a healthy libido.

It’s More Fun in General

A new study showed that meat-eaters are selfish in bed and unhappy in their sex lives compared to vegetarians. 500 vegetarians (38% vegan) and 500 meat-eaters were surveyed by IllicitEncounters.com. They found that vegetarians are more likely to enjoy making out, foreplay, and dirty talk than their meat-eating counterparts. What’s more, is that they found the majority of vegetarians make love 3-4 times a week compared to most meat-eaters who only enjoy it 1-2 times a week.

Did you know that most condoms aren’t vegan?  Read about vegan condoms here.


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Diane Vukovic

Diane Vukovic is a vegan mom, health nut, and kitchen diva. When she's not deducing veggie nutritional facts, she's probably dancing crazily with her daughter or traveling somewhere in Europe.