#tbt: 5 Fun Facts about Food and Sex (November 23, 2012)

About a million years ago (aka: 2011), I went to grad school for a Masters degree in Food Studies. I attended for one year and then dropped out because 1. I realized I couldn't actually afford grad school and 2. No one knows what Food Studies is and I could get the job I wanted without a Master's degree. That being said, I loved my grad program and one day, would love to go back and finish my degree. One of my favorite research papers I wrote was for a class in Food Writing which examined the relationship between sex and food. I.e. The most fun paper to write...ever!

These are a couple of the fun things I learned: 

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In the midst of post-Spring Break research paper-writing hell, I am finding joy in small things. As much as trying to cram 25 pages worth of last-minute researching and writing can suck the life out of you, the fact is, writing a paper about the relationship between sex and food is awesome.

Here are some of the fun facts I've stumbled upon throughout my research thus far.

1. Flavor is linked to color
In colorless taste tests, participants had trouble determining common flavors without the aid of visual cues (i.e. Purple=grape, Red=cherry).

2. It has been found that a passion for food may translate into...other areas. 
Apparently, chefs make excellent lovers. Time to get our hubbies in the kitchen! ;)

3. Obesity may be a sign of sexual difficulty/dysfunction. 
Often times, people will substitute food for sex.

4. The way in which a person eats, may indicate their potential in the bedroom. 
Someone who races through a meal may not be a great second-date candidate.

5. Certain smells increase blood flow to the penis. 
Researchers were surprised to find that the most effective scent was...pumpkin pie!
It's fascinating how inextricably linked food and sex are and it is unsurprising that someone who seeks pleasure and passion out of life would be able to make such a connection.
Be sure to stay tuned for more fun tidbits as my research continues to take shape and as I take things into my own hands with some aphrodisiac recipes. Things could get spicy around here!
(Side note: This was such a fun paper to write and definitely had me thinking differently about the dessert options this Thanksgiving week ;)


  1. So I feel like this really explains the popularity of pumpkin spice lattes...drink one and you're irresistible! :)

  2. Bahahah! I never even thought of that. I have a theory that it's because of some kind of weird, Freudian thing that pumpkin pie subconsciously reminds you of the holidays, family and home.

  3. Ha! That's too funny. Number 4 has me thinking now about how I eat... ;)