Restore the Romance on Valentine’s Day: TOP 4 Most Aphrodisiac Food Facts
So with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, let’s talk about aphrodisiacs and how they can really help you woo your Valentine on the 14th February! Firstly for anyone wondering about the meaning, the Oxford Dictionary describes an aphrodisiac as “a food, drink, or other thing that stimulates sexual desire”. As London event caterers, we will stick to the food side and not the “other things” for this blog! Keep on reading if you ever wondered whether aphrodisiac foods are even real?! How do aphrodisiac foods work? Are any of them scientifically proven?
#1 Chocolates – aphrodisiac foods for her
Chocolate… a woman’s best friend. Everyone has their favourite type, but does it really stimulate? Scientifically speaking it contains two key chemicals; anandamide – the psychoactive feel-good chemical, and phenylethylamine – often referred to as the ‘love chemical’, triggering heightened sensitivity, euphoria and feelings of excitement. No wonder chocolate is a popular gift on Valentine’s Day, it is truly an agent of bliss and love.
Not just a super food! The Aztecs called the avocado tee a ‘testicle tree’, as the fruits often hang in pairs. However it is not just the shape that carries sexual connotations; avocado is rich in vitamin E, aiding the body in the production of hormones like testosterone, estrogen and progesterone – thus increasing two elements that increase libido in both men and women.
#3 Oysters – aphrodisiac foods to increase libido
These slippery little suckers have been linked with love for thousands of years; Casanova used to have 50 for breakfast! Scientists say spring is the optimum time of year to cash-in on their aphrodisiac quality. Oysters are high in zinc, which cranks up the production of testosterone which can be linked to a higher sex drive and boosts semen production.
There is also something sensual about slurping something silky from a shell. Casanova in his memoirs said, “I placed the shell on the edge of her lips and after a good deal of laughing, she sucked in the oyster, which she held between her lips. I instantly recovered it by placing my lips on hers”.
#4 Hot chillies
Time to spice up your sex drive! Capsaicin, the chemical that makes peppers spicy, increases circulation and stimulates nerve endings – so your blood is pumping and you are ultra-sensitive (KA-CHING!). Even a pinch of chilli pepper can raise your body temperature, so you may need to remove items of clothing. It is just the next day affects you need to consider…