Can going vegetarian improve your sex life?

Removing meat from your diet may make your sex life better, according to a new study.

By Samantha Escobar for

Wondering how you can bring the spice back into your sex life? Perhaps it’s not about adding anything, so much as taking away.

Removing meat from your diet could make your sex life better, a new study says. Research published in the journal Hormones & Behavior showed that people who consume tofu and other plant-based food may actually derive more pleasure from their sex lives than omnivorous folks.

The research was conducted in Uganda on a group of red colobus monkeys over 11 months by then-grad student Michael Wasserman of UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Researchers say that even though their conclusions were based on primates, humans are likely to experience similar results.

Observations on the monkeys’ time spent mating, time spent grooming and amount of aggressive behavior were recorded, as well as assessments in hormone levels via fecal matter testing. They noticed that the more the monkeys ate leaves from the Millettia dura–a tropical tree similar to soy that has estrogen-like compounds–the more time the monkeys spent having sex. This also seemed to decrease the amount of time they spent grooming (though I think if humans spent too little time grooming, they might not have the opportunity to spend much time mating, if you catch my drift).

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