We are going absolute nutty over this new research which suggests that men who consume lots of nuts will enjoy increased sexual desire and stronger orgasms.

The Spanish project, called Fertinuts, studied 100 young, healthy men, half of whom were asked to eat at least 60 grams of mixed raw nuts a day for 14 weeks, while the other half continued with their regular diet, avoiding nut products as much as possible.

Prior and after the study, the volunteers had to answer detailed questionnaires and their blood was also screened for levels of nitric oxide (NO) and E-selectin, two naturally produced molecules, as reported in Gizmodo.

Researchers then used the levels of NO and E-selectin to measure the health of the blood vessels in the penis that make erections possible.

Improved Sexual Prowess

Before the study, the screening showed no major differences in the two groups. However, after the two weeks, the scientists discovered that the nut-eating volunteers showed a significant increase in their “orgasmic function” and sexual desire.

In addition, this nut-loving group also experienced improved sperm quality, quantity, and function.

“In conclusion, our study suggests that compliance with a healthy diet supplemented with mixed nuts may help to improve erectile and sexual desire,” the authors wrote in the journal Nutrition.

This is not an isolated study about the link between nuts and sexual prowess. In fact, an earlier study found that eating 100 grams of pistachios a day for three weeks could improve the erections of men with pre-existing erectile malfunctions.

Take This With A Handful Of Salted Nuts

However, we have to be a little skeptic, as the research results showed that despite the improvements in sexual prowess, levels of NO and E-selectin didn’t actually change at all for either group. Which leaves us wondering how this all actually came about.

One theory could be that since the men knew they were eating nuts, maybe their self-reported boost in sexual prowess was actually a placebo effect, not a biological change to the body caused by nut consumption.

We also can’t ignore that the study was funded partly by Big Nut, the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC), which is an industry group of more than 800 nut and dried fruit companies across the world.

So while we shouldn’t dismiss the results completely, perhaps we shouldn’t expect our partners to turn into sexual stallions after stuffing themselves with nuts.

What is your opinion about the ‘nutty’ study? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • I’ll be taking this study with a pinch of salt. Are they just trying to promote nuts?

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  • This just seems like a new nut company slogan ‘nuts for your nuts’ but might be worth doing some more research into it.

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  • Interesting! I wonder if it works for women too?


    • Yes that’s what I was wondering too. Try it :D

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  • Ooh la la. I think nuts are great for your general health and wellbeing.

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  • Interesting study. I am always hesitant to judge the results of a study that is funded by the industry that would benefit from the results. My husband is intrigued by the results.

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  • I can see men everywhere lining up at the pick and pay!

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  • Not a very good study, especially with there only being one particular type of men they studied. If it works on men is there a chance it works for women?

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  • Considering the study was on young healthy men, it could have simply been mind over matter, but nuts are good for you, but not the salt, too much salt will cause high blood pressure. But also a good healthy diet with less meat and more fruit and veg will keep men happy and healthy too (and less or no alcohol which is a depressant).


    • The psychology with this group would indeed be interesting – a broader sample would have been interesting and valuable and possibly a wider reflection of the study/survey.

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  • Nuts have many benefits

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  • Nuts have so many other health benefits too :)

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  • Why didn’t they test this all size men, not just healthy young men?

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  • Nuts area good source of nutrition for everybody. Healthy and good fat.

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  • A very small group and all young and healthy seems like quite a small study.

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  • I don’t know about this study, but nuts are a great source of nutrient and I love them. Nuts & seeds are a big part of my diet.

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  • nuts are good nutrition

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