Lebanese men might change their views on Indian dishes – as French study showed non-spice men have lower sex drive
It’s often noted by foreigners in Lebanon that the locals don’t like their food even slightly spicy. Lebanese men just simply don’t do curry.
Although they might change their culinary habits soon and begin visiting the growing number of Indian restaurants in the Lebanese capital after news of a French study reaches them, which questions their manhood – in a country where men live with their mothers until their late forties and where camp dressing is considered normal for evening attire.
Unlike their British counterparts, relatively few Frenchmen have acquired a taste for hot curries. Typically many see chili as a crude additive to finer cuisine which simply ruins the dish.
Yet their views – and indeed those of the Lebanese – might change now that the research is expected to challenge their virility.
Laurent Begue, one of the authors of the study, said: “These results are in line with a lot of research showing a link between testosterone and financial, sexual and behavioural risk-taking.”
The research paper, titled “Some Like It Hot”, is to be published in the US-based journal “Physiology and Behavior”.
Professor Begue said 114 men aged from 18 to 44, living in Grenoble, in south-eastern France, had taken part in the study.
Their testosterone levels were measured from saliva samples and they were presented with a plate of mashed potatoes and invited to add chili sauce to taste. Those who added the most hot sauce had the highest testosterone.
The hormone drives men to seek thrills and new sensations, leading them to frequent “more stimulating social groups and take more risks,” according to Professor Begue, quoted by The Telegraph newspaper.
“In this case, it applies to risk-taking in taste,” he said. “It is also possible that the regular consumption of spicy food contributes to increasing testosterone levels, although so far this has only been demonstrated on rodents.”