Avoid These 10 Foods If You Want to Get Lucky on Valentine's Day

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This poor guy and his beans. He's never gonna nab a lady friend.
6. Beans
I'm not gonna sing the song about "magical fruit," but we all know it. Like Brussels sprouts and other veggies in that family, legumes contain a sugar that we can't easily digest called oligosaccharides. These sugars make it all the way to the large intestine, where, as with Brussels sprouts, they're finally broken down. In the process, though -- you guessed it -- more methane gas is created, which then builds up pressure. You know the rest. With beans, it's not a question of if it'll happen; it's when. So either stock up on Beano or try something different with your enchiladas.

5. Lobster
First, there's the bib. A lot of lobster places provide bibs, and you're considered a bad sport if you don't at least attempt to tuck it into your shirt. Then there's the cracking of shells and flinging of juices and sucking of meat. It's all very primal, but not really in a sexy way, because it's all so darn messy. And, of course, you're probably paying far too much to be cave-manning it in a restaurant with white linen tablecloths and a $5,000 bottle of Champagne on the menu. You end up looking like a monster covered in butter. And you wish you'd ordered the snapper.

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