Happy belated Valentine’s Day everyone! As I was brainstorming what angle I should take when writing this blog for the week, it hit me: Valentine’s Day + food = aphrodisiacs. So turn the lights down low, and get friendly with some of these flirtatious foods- the top 10 food aphrodisiacs.
WHAT IS IT? An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases sexual desire. Food aphrodisiacs can affect your body’s hormones, brain chemistry, and energy and stress levels.
This vegetable is loaded with nutrients that are essential for healthy hormone production, including vitamin E and folate. Folate is a mood and libido boosting nutrient that plays a key role in fertility, while vitamin E is great for your skin.
Almonds are said to arouse passion in women. Often seen as a symbol of fertility, these nuts have long been associated with love. Author of The Count of the Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas, would eat almond soup every night before clandestine, midnight meetings with his mistress. And even in the Bible, it is said Samson romanced Delilah with these delicious nuts. And you thought history was only about memorizing dates…
Avocados are linked to sexuality by their unique growth patterns. Hanging side-by-side in pairs, the Aztecs humorously-and bluntly- nicknamed the avocado ahuacuatl, or “testicle tree.” At one time, Catholic priests in Spain found avocados so obscenely sexual that they forbade the consumption of the fruit!
Anyone remember high school sex ed?
6. CHILE PEPPERS
Turn up the heat with this exciting ingredient. Chile peppers boost mood and energy levels while warming the body from the inside out. It is said that capsaicin, the compound that causes the Chile pepper to burn, makes the tongue tingle, causes a desire to be kissed, and cause lips to swell with an attractive and desirable plumpness.
No wonder lovers exchange this sinfully delicious treat at Valentine’s Day. This dessert produces serotonin in the brain, the “feel good” hormone, and phenylethylamine, the “love chemical.” Phenylethylamine is reported to induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria.
Figs have long been associated with lust and some historians have suggested that the fig’s first home was the Garden of Eden, and that the fig was the true forbidden fruit.
Don’t let garlic breath stand in the way of using this aphrodisiac when cooking at home for a steamy night in. Garlic contains high amounts of allicin, an ingredient that increases blood flow and warms the body.
Serve this slippery dish with a glass of chilled Champagne to ensure a lustful night. High in zinc content, this appetizer is said to increase libido. Oysters are probably the first food that comes to mind when one thinks of aphrodisiacs. Yet still, it only ranked #2 on our list.
Sweet and sticky, honey is a great source for boron. Boron is a mineral that helps the body use and metabolize estrogen. Studies have also revealed this mineral may also enhance testosterone levels in the blood. The sugars available in honey also provide high energy and endurance. The Kama Sutra mentions that honey spiced with nutmeg is sure to hit high notes in your sex life.
TELL US! Where you surprised by any of the foods that made that list? Would you add any?