Food to get you in the mood this Valentine’s Day
Aphrodisiacs have been known to arouse one’s sexual drive and performance. Many aphrodisiacs are actually a result of folklore or hearsay. But many of these have also been scientifically proven to work based on its effects on our body.
To spice up your Valentine’s Day celebration, here is a list of known aphrodisiacs (no, we did not include the overly popular oysters and chocolates anymore!) that can boost your sexual desire and performance.
Bananas. People are visual creatures and the suggestive shape of bananas could very well be a reason to arouse women. However, bananas are also a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese – essential nutrients in the production of sex hormones.
Arugula.Arugula is known to contain traces of minerals and antioxidants that protect your body from absorbing environmental contaminants that may decrease your libido.
Figs. Going back to humans being visual creatures, figs are considered one of the sexiest foods because they are reminiscent of a woman’s genitalia – plump, pink and soft. According to old wives’ tales, eating figs, while naked in front of a woman, is one of the world’s most erotic and sensual moves. However, figs are also good source of iron, fiber and other potassium-minerals that keep the heart healthy and strong for sexual activity.
Strawberries. Besides being succulent and juicy, strawberries are the perfect match to a glass of champagne during your date. Why? Strawberries are filled with folic acid, a vitamin that is highly involved inhigher sperm count.
Garlic. Most couples avoid eating garlic or any dish with it. However, you would be surprised to know that the smelly ingredient actually keeps your blood pumping!
Vanilla. Enough about being visual creatures, humans are also attracted to sweet aromas and taste. Science has already proven that much like pheromones, certain scents and aromas are enough to trigger a social response or reaction. Thus, the smell of vanilla alone can have a euphoric and stimulating effect on anyone. When eaten, vanilla actually increases libido and improves the performance of thecentral nervous system, making our nerves more receptive to touch and all tingly sensation.
Gingseng. Ginseng has been used by the Chinese for centuries as a way to improve vitality and sexual performance. Although it has never been proven to elicit such effects, it has been discovered that ginseng stimulates nitric oxide in our bodies. Nitric oxide activates an enzyme that regulates blood flow,which in effect increases our energy. Think of it this way, when you increase your energy, your sexual performance follows.
Asparagus. Asparagus may not be the first thing that enters your mind when you think about sex but this green vegetable is actually packed with Vitamin E. Vitamin E quickens the production of testosterone, oestrogen and progesterone, hormones that are associated with the swelling of our clitoris and lubrication of the vagina.
Now for the adventurous souls and thrill seekers, we have also added few exotic aphrodisiacs you might want to try.
Balut. Balut is a fertilized duck embryo. It is often boiled and eaten in its shell. In the Philippines, everyone considers this a tasty snack as well as a popular aphrodisiac. Eating an unborn duck might seem strange to you, but balut is actually a good source of protein. It boosts energy and strengthens the knees especially when lovemaking calls for it.
Soup # 5. The fact that this soup has no name but a number might already scare you. But what is it? Soup # 5 is another Filipino dish made from a bull’s testes. Since bulls are strong and temperamental creatures, Filipinos believe that eating its penis and testicles will give them the same strength and endurance, especially when it comes to sex. The testes are mixed with carrots, onions, and other vegetables in a clear broth.
Marcetto Cheese. Originating from Abruzzo, Italy, this pecorino cheese is filled with squirming larvae of the Piophila casei fly. In short, a rotting cheese breeds maggots. The acid excreted by the maggots’ breaks down the cheese’s fats making it creamier and more pungent. Although this cheese is legally banned in Italy, it is still eaten in many parts of the country and continues to be an effective aphrodisiac.
Spanish fly. Legends say that the secretions of this beetle (Yes, Spanish flies are not flies but beetles!) have helped men get in the mood for centuries, dating back to the Roman Empire. The juice from the Spanish fly is believed to increase libido. This often found in southern Europe.