Sperm Eating: Controversial or Just Tasty?

You know you've wondered, at least once: What are the benefits of eating sperm? According to the authors of the (self-published) cookbook Natural Harvest, "sperm based recipes" can be delightful. Say the authors:

Like fine wine and cheeses, the taste of semen is complex and dynamic. Semen is inexpensive to produce and is commonly available in many, if not most, homes and restaurants. Despite all of these positive qualities, semen remains neglected as a food.


This neglect is a little shocking, I'll admit.


But is there any kind of health benefit to be had from eating sperm? A few studies have suggested it can function as an antidepressant, largely because of the hormones in your average dose of the stuff. But these studies remain controversial at best. Last year, when the soon-to-be president of the professional organization American College of Surgeons wrote a Valentine's Day column about all the nifty things that sperm-eating can do for women, other surgeons were so offended by his comments that he eventually had to resign. (It probably didn't help that he conferred "scientific fact" status on the widely-debunked notion that women's menstrual cycles can become "synchronized".)

The verdict? Sperm eating may be fun and tasty, but science has yet to proffer strong evidence that there's a medical benefit to sipping semen.


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