Foods have substances that affect the body physiologically, which is why different foods work for different sexual stages, explains clinical sexologist Ava Cadell, PhD. "Some foods lower inhibitions, some get the blood flowing directly to the genitalia, and some foods release happy hormones," she says.
Here are 10 aphrodisiac foods that are sure to add a seductive spark:
Create visual stimulation with foods that look like genitalia, such as oysters, fresh figs, carrots, even avocados. "Anything that is visually erotic is automatically going to set your brain in motion," suggests Dr Cadell.
The rumors are true: Chocolate is the surest way to get in a better mood. Although not an actual aphrodisiac (as the ancient Aztecs believed), chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA) and serotonin, natural feel-good substances believed to evoke the same reaction in the body as falling in love.
They may not look pretty, but oysters can pump some passion into your night. High in zinc, which increases sperm and testosterone, oysters also contain the hormone dopamine, known to increase libido.
Everything is just a little sexier with a dash of a sweet liqueur. Add some orange liqueur to coconut macaroons or whip up a Mexican-coffee version for a kiss of mocha.
It might seem obvious, but the sultriest foods are sometimes the simplest. Dip your berries into chocolate fondue. Or to get your sexy on faster, buy prepackaged meltable chocolate and zap it in the microwave.
Tried but true, adding a little bubbly gets your giggles and mood going. Bubble up while you sip your favorite champagne topped with ripe strawberries or raspberries. Add a splash of your favorite liqueur to create your own signature drink for the evening. Don't forget the chocolate-covered strawberries!
The goddess of all things chocolate, Godiva, has a long list of recipes to make decadent desserts and drinks. Blend their to-die-for chocolates or liqueurs to make luscious treats that look and taste uber sexy.
"Asparagus," wrote English herbalist Nicholas Culpepper in the 17th century, "stirs up lust in man and woman." Besides its obvious phallic shape, asparagus is high in potassium, fiber, vitamins B6, A and C, thiamin and folic acid. Nutrients in asparagus also boost histamine production, necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.
The hot capsaicin in chiles and other spicy foods can also heat up your sex life. Capsaicin stimulates nerve endings to release chemicals, raises the heart rate and triggers the release of endorphins to give you a natural high.
An ancient aphrodisiac because of its appearance, an open fig is thought to look similar to female sex organs. Figs also pair perfectly with another passion booster: Chocolate.
How sexually potent a taste or smell is varies from person to person. Regardless of your appetite for a particular visual or chemical aphrodisiac, feeling sultry begins above the ears. "Let's be honest: The most erotic organ is the brain," says Dr Cadell. "So if you think something will turn you on, I guarantee it will."
There has always been a correlation between food and sex because they are two of greatest pleasures known to mankind -- and both appetites need to be fulfilled.
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