Dear Dr. Locker: Does semen contain a lot of calories? Does it always taste the same?
Answer from Dr. Locker
Semen contains mostly proteins and sugars, and between 10 and 50 calories per ejaculation. Some people hate the taste; others find it erotic. It has been described as smelling like bleach and tasting like salt water. The taste can be slightly influenced by what a man eats. Coffee can make it bitter; sweets can make it sugary. The flavor of some foods that the man eats, such as cinnamon, may be carried in the semen. But the basic taste is the same.
I also must mention that it can carry sexually transmitted diseases, including the HIV virus that causes AIDS. So if you are practicing safer sex, you should not taste semen.
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