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Love Food?

You are what you eat so it’s said, so what will you be after feasting on our top ten aphrodisiacs?

 

6It’s that time of year again when Valentine’s Day looms large on the horizon. And if you’re on Samui at the time then you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to fine-dining options. But perhaps a little planning before hand in terms of what you order could result in more than you, or your partner, expected. And that’s because some foods produce more than just great flavours.

However, let’s first provide a brief explanation as to what an aphrodisiac actually is. It’s an agent that acts on the mind causing arousal and increased sexual desire. The name aptly derives from Aphrodite who was the Greek Goddess of Love.

Certain foods can, in addition to being healthy, have a direct effect on your sexual activity. This is due to the effect that they have on stress levels, energy levels, chemical activity within the brain and also how they affect your hormones. It’s even possible for some foods to literally increase blood flow to specific areas!

It’s all very well though planning a nice romantic meal for your partner in order to help create sparks but the content of the meal can ultimately seal the deal for you. So have a think about including some of these top ten ‘Love Foods’.

 

1) And it might be a wise choice to start off with some Champagne. It’s a very potent natural aphrodisiac and is unanimously associated with celebrating. Due to its bubbles, champagne hits the bloodstream quickly and warmly intoxicates the body. One pretty amazing fact is that studies have shown that the aroma of dry champagne matches that of the female pheromones, chemicals capable of acting outside the body of the secreting individual to impact the behaviour of the receiving individual.

 

2) Nuts! Well that could be the answer you get at the end of the night but not if you include almonds. Throughout the ages, almonds were regarded as fertility symbols. The aroma of almonds supposedly arouses passion in females – or so the ancient poets and scribes thought. Scientists say that almonds provide high doses of vitamin E, magnesium and even fibre. Therefore, there may be something in the almond myths after all.

 

3) How about a liberal dose of garlic? I know it’s stinky but, more importantly, it’s strong, which is exactly what will happen to guys that eat it. Garlic is chock-full of allicin, an ingredient that will increase blood flow. And it’s a very common ingredient in Thai cuisine. So bring it on and just remember to carry some breath mints – for both of you.

 

4) Just by looking at the shape of an avocado you will see the reason why it’s associated with sexuality. The Aztecs called them ‘ahuacuatl’ or the ‘testicle tree’ as they thought the fruit hanging in pairs on the tree resembled said appendages. Catholic priests in Spain found this fruit so obscenely sexual that they forbade eating it. On the other side, though, avocado is rich with folic acid, vitamin B6 and potassium and they are also said to boost the immune system.

 

5) Oh fig! Actually, this sexy fruit has long been thought of as an arousing stimulant, and an open fig is believed to resemble the female sex organs. Figs are steeped in history and are one of the oldest-recorded fruits. They are mentioned in the Bible (Adam and Eve wore fig leaves to cover their private parts), were reported to be Cleopatra’s favourite fruit, and the ancient Greeks held them as sacred and associated them with love and fertility.

 

6) Basil is another ingredient intrinsic in Thai cuisine and has many positive effects on your body. Its smell alone is believed to be an aphrodisiac and the taste is also known to stimulate sexual desire and increase the heart rate. It’s a symbol of love in present-day Italy, whilst in Portugal, dwarf bush basil is traditionally presented in a pot, together with a poem and a pom-pom, to a sweetheart on the religious holidays of St. John and St. Anthony.

 

7) All this talk of love could drive you bananas and there is the obvious shape that associates the banana with the male sexual organ. But it’s also fact that this popular fruit is filled with B vitamins, potassium and magnesium. And the male libido can get a helpful nudge due to the chelating minerals and bromeliad enzymes that are found in them.

 

8) Honey! you may well cry across a crowded room but it’s something you should be ordering. It’s another food that is typically associated with being an aphrodisiac. And honey contains several B vitamins which are required for testosterone. It’s also a source of boron which is a mineral trace that assists the body in using and metabolising oestrogen which is the female sexual hormone. Studies show that boron can also enhance testosterone levels in the blood, and as we all know testosterone is responsible for sex drive and orgasm in men and also women.

 

9) They aren’t everyone’s favourite food but oysters certainly have a formidable reputation. Commonly regarded as a very effective aphrodisiac they are reputedly responsible for an increase in sexual desire. They hold a high level of zinc which is known to help produce sperm, increase testosterone and also increase libido in both men and women. A culinary symbol of passion, oysters have proven potency as well as just romantic association. They are believed by many to keep men sexually active well into old age and the aroma of oysters is similar to that of the female pheromone and has been proven to be sexually arousing. They are also a good source of protein and are very healthy.

 

10) And, finally, it can only be – chocolate! It’s widely renowned to be one of the most natural aphrodisiacs in the world. Whereby it can be effective in its processed, off-the-shelf supermarket form, there’s nothing quite like pure chocolate as an aphrodisiac. Pure chocolate contains anandamide which is a chemical that gives the consumer a natural psychoactive good feeling. Perhaps, more importantly, it contains phenylethylamine which is the ‘love chemical’ that releases dopamine in the brain’s pleasure centres and this can peak during orgasm; in addition it induces excitable feelings and stimulates both attraction and euphoria. This is without a doubt top of the list of aphrodisiac foods.

 

So, there you have it, if you’re looking for love, have a word with the chef and pre-order your meal. And if you are the one being surprised and your evening starts with Champagne, just smile. If it’s followed by a dozen oysters with garlic and basil, a dessert of deep-fried bananas with honey and chocolate and a plateful of fresh figs, avocado and almonds then don’t worry about losing your inhibitions – the food will already have done that for you!

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