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    This Doctor Is Sharing All The Foods That May Be Good And Bad For Erections, So Take Notes If You Wish

    I now see microwave popcorn differently.

    If you didn't already know, there may be foods that are not so great for erections:

    In the viral video above, Dr. Joshua Gonzalez says that soy, white bread, excessive alcohol, canned soup, farm-raised salmon, microwave popcorn, dairy, cured meats, and mint may all be bad for erections.

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    On the other hand, there are also foods that can be really great for erections:

    In this video, Dr. Gonzalez says that oysters, dark chocolate, avocados, watermelon, oats, chili peppers, pink grapefruit, and coffee are all great foods for erections.

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    All this food and penis talk had us intrigued, so BuzzFeed sat down with Dr. Joshua Gonzalez, who is a board-certified urologist trained in sexual medicine, and he further explained everything we need to know about this topic!


    "Before we begin, I would like to say that all of the stuff featured in the video is based on a handful of very small trials, so I am making broad suggestions based on the little data that is available," explained Gonzalez.

    Got it? OK, let's talk!

    When it comes to your diet and erections, Gonzalez said that eating a diet and living a lifestyle that is heart-healthy is going to be best for penile erections, and that is largely because the penis is a vascular organ (meaning it requires a continuous circulation of blood to function).

    "In order to achieve and maintain an erection, you have to have — among other things — normal blood flow. If you're doing things that are bad for hormone production and bad for blood flow, then you're going to have trouble with your erections," he said. "And the stuff in the 'good' and 'bad' categories in my videos have to do with the effects of those particular foods or substances on hormones — specifically testosterone — or on blood flow."

    "To start, there's a chemical in the lining of microwave popcorn bags that has been toxic and associated with lower testosterone levels. So, I'm not saying eating one bag of popcorn will cause erection issues, everything should be consumed in moderation. I am just making you aware," said Gonzalez.

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    According to a 2009 study, some popcorn bags contain perfluoroalkyl acids, which are known to significantly lower sperm count. That study also found that some nonstick pots and pans also contain perfluoroalkyl acids.

    And Gonzalez doesn't deny that he's making some leaps in his videos, for example with mint. "There was a small study on rats that found tea with mint to have an effect on the reproductive system," he said.

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    The study Gonzalez is referring to found that the follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone increased while total testosterone levels decreased in the rats given mint tea. 

    Gonzalez also said that farm-raised salmon is bad for erections in his video. "The chemicals that accumulate in the fish in any farm-raised fish can be bad because they can be exposed to pesticides and more."

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    In conclusion, when it comes to being aware of what foods are particularly bad for penis health, Gonzalez said that soy has been linked to lower testosterone levels, especially when consumed in large amounts. He also said that eating a lot of cured meat is bad because the high amount of fat and high saturated fat can lead to cholesterol and plaque, which lessens the blood flow in your body.

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    Now, let's switch gears and get excited about all the foods that can BENEFIT erections!


    Coffee was an oddly surprising one on the list for me. Gonzalez said, "Coffee is actually a stimulant which can cause vasoconstriction (the narrowing of blood vessels), but I added it based on a study where men who consumed more caffeine reported better erections."

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    Overall, when it comes to good foods for your erection, anything containing zinc, high antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin C, and L-Arginine (an amino acid naturally found in red meat, poultry, and fish) is beneficial, according to Gonzalez.

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    He added, "Basically, anything your doctor would tell you is good for your heart, is good for your penis. Eating a well-balanced diet that is not high in saturated fat, consuming alcohol in small amounts, etc."

    And although there's not a ton of robust data looking at diet in relation to erections, Gonzalez did add that the Mediterranean diet is thought to be one of the more positive diets for maximizing men's sexual health.

    "We know that things that you do on a daily basis, whether that be physical activity or diet, will affect how your body functions — and your penis is a vascular organ that requires a healthy amount of testosterone, so eating poorly or consuming things that are known to decrease blood flow or testosterone will eventually cause you to pay the consequences at some point," he concluded.

    Special thanks to Dr. Gonzalez for sharing his penile knowledge on this topic! You can follow him on Instagram and TikTok.