10 Foods That Will Put You in the Mood
Spice up your relationship – and your libido – by adding these tasty aphrodisiacs to the menu.
-Jill Rachel Jacobs
Throughout history, food has been linked to good health and increased sexual desire. Casanova, the famous Venetian womanizer, was known to munch on oysters, while honey was supposedly Aphrodite’s nectar du jour when it came to improving sexual performance. Sure, a romantic candlelit dinner can do wonders when it comes to creating a relaxed, intimate, sensual mood, but the foods we consume also appear to have a direct correlation to increased sexual appetite. According to researchers, the taste, smell and appearance of food can also act as powerful aphrodisiacs.
Whether you’re looking to rev things up with a new guy or spice up an established relationship, try indulging in some of these high-powered sexy edibles; all ten have been shown to kick-start your libido, revive sexual performance and enhance overall health.
Historically, almonds have long been a symbol of fertility. A healthy source of protein, they’re a natural energy booster, which, in turn, can increase in sexual drive. Additionally, the scent is said to excite women, so it’s not surprising that almond oil is a common ingredient in soaps and lotions. The almond also has roots in the Bible, where Samson wooed Delilah with aromatic almond branches.
This erotic vegetable may be the quintessential libido booster as it contains high levels of vitamin E, which aids in producing sex hormones. After being dubbed an aphrodisiac during the Renaissance, asparagus was later banned from the dining tables of most convents. The Vegetarian Society suggests “eating asparagus for three days for the most powerful effect.”
It’s not surprising that the Aztecs called the avocado tree, ahuacatl or “testicle tree” based on how much its fruit resembles the male body part. This green tropical marvel also contains vitamin B6, which increases male hormones, and potassium, which aids in regulating the female thyroid gland. Both B6 and potassium are reported to increase libido.
Its suggestive shape aside, this popular fruit also contains bromelain, an enzyme which aids in boosting male libido. On top of this, bananas contain potassium and B vitamins, such as riboflavin, which raise the body’s overall energy levels.