11 Sexy Foods for a Healthy Valentine’s Day
2010-01-29 · By Editor
According to Lawrence Cheskin, M.D., director and founder of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, as far as aphrodisiacs are concerned there is no scientific evidence that they do the trick. “The reputed sexual effects of so-called aphrodisiacs are based in folklore, not fact, and there is no scientific proof that any food or beverage can treat sexual dysfunction or increase desire,” says Cheskin.
But, as any foodie can tell you, eating is a complete sensory experience. It’s about site, smell, and taste—and the right combination can stimulate physical excitement. Even if aphrodisiacs are unlikely to create a chemical spike in desire, it doesn’t mean they won’t get your Valentine in the mood.
We’ve gone beyond the traditional menu of oysters to create this list of 11 sexy foods to serve on Valentine’s Day. The extra benefit? Every food on this list has health benefits that will last long after the holiday is over.
Almonds: Long been purported to act as a sexual stimulant, even the mere aroma of almonds is said to arouse passion in women. The nuts provide high doses of vitamin E, magnesium and fiber.
Basil: Given as a token of love in Italy, the fragrant aroma of Basil can cure headaches and it’s leave’s are said have libido-lifting powers. Perhaps because of all that beta carotene, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C.
Chilies: You know that bit about hot Latin lovers? Chile peppers can release endorphins—the natural painkillers are a triggered response to the heat. Capsicum, found in chilies, is also known to stimulate blood vessel dilation and increase metabolic rates.
Chocolate: Studies have shown that chocolate may boost the brain’s serotonin production and release endorphins—no wonder it’s is so often compared to sex. Chocolate is full of libido-boosting methylzanthines, theobromine (a stimulant) and phenylethylamine (aka the “love-chemical”).
Eggs: Eggs are the ultimate symbol of fertility. For a Valentine’s Day menu choose Caviar, with its sensual bursting pearls. Caviar is an easily digested protein that’s high in B6 and B5 to balance hormone levels and has the vascular dilator l-arginine.
Ginger: It’s classification as a natural aphrodisiac comes from ginger’s ability to increase circulation and sensitivity in the erogenous zones. For Valentine’s Day serve it candied or in the raw.
Pomegranate: It is the stunning red seeds of the pomegranate tree that are held in regard as aphrodisiac. Similar to Red Wine, pomegranate juice is packed with tannins, a nutrient that helps maintain healthy blood flow.
Strawberries: Sweet and seductive, bright red strawberries are like an edible Valentine. The fruit is an excellent source of folic acid, which is beneficial for both men and women.
Truffles: A legendary aphrodisiac of ancient Rome, truffles are still among the most prized ingredients in the culinary world. While both white and black truffles are considered aphrodisiac, it is the rare blacks that are said to have the most concentrated potency.
Vanilla: The soothing aroma of vanilla initiates a response from both sexes. Studies at the Univesity of Central Lancashire found that vanilla has a similar chemical structure to dopamine, the same chemical that triggers feelings of pleasure.
Just because aphrodisiacs have a bad reputation doesn’t mean eating the right foods won’t promote good sexual health. In fact, over time good nutrition will lead to better health. And, when you feel good you’re more likely to want to feel good. Start incorporating these foods into your daily diet and next Valentine’s Day you may not need a list of sexy foods.