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Science says the smell of some foods turns guys on

Science says the smell of some foods turns guys on
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It shouldn’t be a surprise that certain odors can elicit a sexual response. After all, that's one of the main reasons why the perfume industry is so popular. But what if you didn’t need expensive perfumes to turn a man on? What if instead, you could just rely on food?

Way back in 1995, Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, determined that certain odors can increase blood flow to the penis, contributing to erections.

He wrote an entire book that examines how what people eat reflects their personality and according to him, the scent of baked cinnamon buns had the biggest effect when eliciting a sexual response in men. 

Hirsch also notes that:

  • A combination of pumpkin pie and lavender also has a great effect. 
  • The licorice-cola combination increases arousal more than either odor alone.
  • Older men respond more strongly to vanilla than younger men.
  • Men who say they are satisfied with their sex lives, have a greater response to the strawberry scent.
  • Men who have the most active sex lives respond most strongly to the smell of lavender as well as Oriental spice and cola.
  • The citrus smell produced an arousal reaction in almost 20 percent of men.
  • Movie night just got a whole lot better. Turns out, men are incredibly turned on by the scent of popcorn.



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