Are there foods that actually cause erectile dysfunction? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Many of the things that we eat every day can play a major role in inhibiting the ability to achieve and maintain an erection.
We are all well aware that eating well helps improve heart health. And better heart health means better circulation, including in the tiny veins in the penis which are responsible for producing an erection. So any foods that are bad for the heart can also be bad for sexual health.
With that in mind, here are six foods that can actually cause impotence:
1. Dill Pickles - not the first thing most people would think of, but dill pickles are extremely high in salt content and increased salt in the diet can lead to hypertension. Since there is such a direct link between heart health and sexual health, anything that causes a spike in blood pressure can also lead to decreased sexual function. Therefore, overly salty snacks and foods like pickles should be consumed in moderation.
2. Energy Drinks - a lot of people love the extra boost they get from popular drinks like Red Bull and Monster but that boost comes from high sugar content and that can be bad news for sexual health. An increase in sugar in the diet can lead to developing Type 2 Diabetes, another condition which can put men at risk for ED. Therefore, any drinks or foods high in processed sugar should be avoided at all costs if you want to avoid impotence.
3. Fried Foods - it goes without saying that foods high in fat are bad for the heart and once again, what’s bad for the heart is bad for the penis. High fat foods like french fries, fried chicken and doughnuts can raise cholesterol levels and inhibit circulation. And fast foods are another danger as most are extremely high in fat and low in protein.
4. Red Meat and Processed Meat - it’s a well known fact that a diet rich in fish and low fat proteins is better for your heart. Avoiding red meat and processed meats such as hot dogs can help to lower the fat content of your diet and improve overall health, including your risk for impotence.
5. Alcohol - while the occasional drink won’t necessarily affect sexual health, drinking in excess can put you on the express train to ED. And smoking only raises that risk even further. Studies have shown that the risk of ED in smokers who drink is far greater.
6. Soy - many individuals opt for a vegetarian or vegan diet, believing that it is much healthier for them. While this is generally true, the staple of most of these diets, soy, can have a devastating effect on men’s sexual health. This is because soy is known to increase estrogen levels and inhibit the production of testosterone, leading directly to impotence.
Fortunately, just because you partake of one or more of these foods on a regular basis, including the occasional drink or two, doesn't mean you will suffer from impotence.
But they will increase your risk of ED, so it is important to be aware of this fact and watch what you eat to minimize the chances of suffering from this problem.
The takeaway here is that what you eat directly affects your health and well-being. Regardless of what issues you may have, it is always possible that what you have been eating (and not eating) are at the root of the problem.
So be aware of what you are eating on a daily basis, and if you are suffering from impotence take a close look at your diet to see if that may be a culprit.