CYBERSPACE—Watching porn together can serve as an effective mood-enhancer for many couples. In fact, one recent survey in Britain showed that couples who keep a TV in their bedroom, which many use for viewing porn videos, have sex twice as often as those who keep television out of the bedchamber.
But Jamaican sex therapist Sydney McGill now says that there is another way that couples can boost their libidos and turbocharge their sex lives: watching each other eat fruit.
“Any fruits that require a sucking motion to eat, such as eating guineps or mangoes, would help to enhance oral pleasure. It would require an intentional effort of sucking hard on the seed and using the tip of the tongue to roll the seed on the roof of the mouth to make the tongue muscles more agile over time,” McGill explained in an interview with the Jamaica Observer newspaper. (Guineps are more commonly known as “Spanish limes.”)
But the fruit food group also serves a sexual purpose other than visual stimulation or practice for performing oral sex. Certain fruits can also enhance the flavor and aroma of bodily fluids, including sexual secretions such as semen and vaginal fluid, according to sexolgist Michael Castleman, who wrote an article on the topic for Psychology Today.
While Castleman noted that no formal, scientific studies have been performed to determine the effect of fruits and other foods on the taste of sexual fluids, anecdotal evidence suggests that the link is likely very real.
“Former porn actress, Annie Sprinkle, who tasted hundreds of men's semen, says vegetarians taste best, that eating fruit and drinking fruit juices a few hours before sex improves the taste, and that smoking alcohol, meats and asparagus make semen less palatable,” Castleman noted.
In other words, without compiling an exhaustive list, fruits and other foods generally considered healthy for the human body overall may also enhance the flavor of semen—and presumably vaginal fluid as well. Foods that are bad for you are also likely to lead to unpalatable sexual secretions.
Though he now recommends using fruits to enhance the sexual experience, specifically oral sex, McGill also says that the common belief that certain foods can act as aphrodisiacs—stimulating sex drive and improving sexual performance—is false. Or at least, that any such effect is mostly psychological, not the result of anything in the fruits themselves.
"It may seem to increase libido largely from a psychological point of view. The person believes it works so they feel like it's working. That's what we call a placebo effect,” McGill said.