8 Foods That Will Improve Your Sex Life

Is the idea of eating foods to achieve a more satisfying sex life a myth or fact? Or does the answer lie somewhere in between?

Libido foods -- or lies?

The first thing to note is that libido, or sexual desire, is different from sexual performance. And despite what we may have read or heard, foods simply don't boost the former. "The claims in the popular literature for foods that can increase libido have no scientific support," said Lynn Edlen-Nezin, a clinical health psychologist who co-wrote the book with Fried.

"A lot of the libido-enhancing foods are actually associated with anatomical shapes, so people have equated foods that resemble the genitals of both sexes as having libido-like properties, like avocados on the female side and bananas for the men. There's a lot of folklore associated with it," said Edlen-Nezin.

What will affect bedroom bliss, however, is the hormone testosterone, which boosts sexual desire in both genders. "There is only one way to control libido in men and women, and that is with testosterone," said Fried. "If you have adequate testosterone, you'll have adequate libido. But you don't get testosterone in food." (Note: If you want to boost testosterone, talk to your doctor, as testosterone supplementation should only be used under medical supervision, and if clinically indicated.)

It is true that foods contain micronutrients from our diet that affect the production of hormones, including sex hormones. For example, oysters are a rich source of zinc, which appears to play a role in regulating testosterone levels. But the amount you would need to consume in order to have an impact on libido is unknown.

You're gonna want to eat more of these foods for a better time in bed.