If you intend to bring sexy back and be turned on beyond belief, here are our 10 picks to rev up the heat in the kitchen and between the sheets.
From the ancient Greeks to modern Chinese, cultures all over the world hailing from myriad time periods have attributed sexual prowess to certain foods. From exotic ingredients like crushed rhinoceros horn to making stews out of tiger testicles, there is no denying that foodie beliefs vary from culture to culture and from one generation to the next.
Thankfully, there is no need for you to venture on a year-long voyage to an apothecary in the Far East to improve your libido, not to mention risk being pegged as the worst human to ever live. Everything that you need to turn you and your partner on can be sustainably sourced and found in your local supermarket. From the everyday banana to fiery chilies, there are plenty of fresh and delicious foods that you can indulge in without being held responsible for the extinction of endangered wildlife.
Foods that amp up your sex drive
Some of the foods on this list are well known to be aphrodisiacs, whereas others are not as popular. Either way, you certainly have nothing to lose as everything listed below is delicious in its own right. So what are you waiting for? Indulge in these 10 sexy goodies before you get it on tonight.
#1 Chocolates. Food of the Gods anyone? There is a good reason why ancient civilizations such as the Aztecs held chocolate in such high regard. They believed that cacao seeds were a gift from the God of Wisdom, and the entire civilization even used them as currency and sacrificial offerings.
There is no need for you to get down on bended knee and offer up bars of milk chocolate to the gods for a jolly time between the sheets. All you have to do is head to your closest gourmet chocolatier and buy several chocolate covered strawberries. They will be sure to delight your partner. For an even better time, pair them with champagne.
#2 Oysters. Although slurping on raw oysters is an acquired taste, ask any connoisseur and they will probably tell you just how fabulous these mollusks are as aphrodisiacs. According to an article published online by The Telegraph, “Casanova, the 18th century lover who used to breakfast on 50 oysters, has been vindicated by a study that proves they really are aphrodisiacs.”
The piece goes on to say that the amino acids found in oysters result in the “production of testosterone in males and progesterone in females” and that the “increased levels of those hormones in the blood means you are more active sexually.”
#3 Chili Peppers. In case you did not already know, the Kama Sutra originated from India, the world’s largest producer of chili peppers. See the relation there? Anyhow, chilies have an amazing ability to release endorphins that result in a powerful and energized feeling, making it the perfect precursor to a sexy time in bed. Sprinkle some dried chili flakes over your food or head out to an Indian restaurant to get your spice on. [Read: How to add a bit of spice to your relationship]
#4 Honey. For thousands of years, this sweet treat has been linked to romance and sensuality. With the emergence of science and technology, this delicious nectar has been proven to not only increase your body’s natural ability to heal, but it also boosts testosterone production in men and estrogen in women.
You will therefore notice an overall increment in your stamina and sexual desire. So why not make it a habit of drinking a yummy glass of warm honey water before jumping in the sack? You can also bring a small jar of honey into bed with you and lick it off each other as a sensual act of foreplay.
#5 Pomegranates. Not many people are aware of the many aphrodisiac properties offered by pomegranates, and you will be surprised to note just how effective this delightful fruit is. According to an article published on Infodrinks, “It seems that the ingredients of this exotic fruit make it a natural viagra.” This has to do with the increase in testosterone levels, which have a direct relation to sexual desire, increased memory abilities and reduced stress levels.
So the next time you are at the supermarket, pick up one or two pomegranates, and either eat it as it is, empty the seeds into a salad or juice it. Be sure to select ones that are heavier with a darker shade of red, as they are sweeter and riper than others.
#6 Vanilla. Along with cacao seeds, the Aztecs were also huge fans of vanilla beans. Alchemists in the 1700s even prescribed vanilla infusion drinks to urge potency and sexual prowess. If you are not privy to vanilla’s potently sweet taste, you can also make use of its scent as a way to take things up a notch in the bedroom. Light up vanilla scented candles or spray vanilla perfume around your lovemaking space to entice your partner.
#7 Salmon. Who would have thought that this oily fish is a powerful hotbed for sex? According to the site Eat Something Sexy, salmon is “an excellent source of protein – essential for stamina – salmon is also loaded with omega 3’s, proven to elevate serotonin levels in the brain and thereby enhance mood.” It also goes on to say that, “This fish has got a great dose of (vitamins) A, D, B and calcium, all known to be necessary for giving the all-important libido lift.”
So the next time you are out on a date and want to get your partner in the mood, suggest the salmon. If you are cooking at home, rub salt, pepper and fresh dill over the salmon steaks and grill them in the oven.
#8 Avocados. How apt that Aztecs nicknamed the avocado tree the “testicle tree”. Not only do avocados generally grow in pairs, they are also said to be super high in nutrients. These fruits are chockfull of beta carotene, vitamin E and magnesium. Not only are these highly sought after nutrients great for you, they are also said to be very important when it comes to boosting sexual health.
You will be surprised at the amount of energy you will be treated to once your food digests, making it the perfect thing to eat before a hot night between the sheets. Have an avocado for breakfast, pop slices of the fruit into a salad or mix it with fat free yogurt.
#9 Bananas. Sure, the fact that this fruit looks like an erect phallus is suggestive enough of its ability to turn people on. Jokes aside, the banana is rich in vitamin B and potassium, two very important nutrients, when it comes to the production of male and female sex hormones.
Munch on a ripe banana whenever you feel like it or turn it into a sweet treat by grilling it with honey or brown sugar and serving it warm with a scoop of ice cream. There is no way that your partner is not going to be turned on by the combination of your kitchen skills and a phallic shaped dessert.
#10 Figs. If the banana represents male genitalia, the fig is the woman’s. As sexy as this fruit’s mythological and legendary aspects are, science also attests to the fact that this fruit is great when it comes to sex.
Figs contain high levels of iron and potassium, two nutrients that supposedly boost sexual urges. The same way you would pleasure a woman, the best way to enjoy a fig is to indulge in it raw, juicy and fresh. Stay away from the dried ones as they contain very high levels of sugar.
The next time you have a hot date planned, be sure to indulge in one of these 10 sexy and sinfully delightful options. Couple them with great wine and good conversation, and there is no denying that you will probably score with the one you’re seducing with food.
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Born in Singapore and raised in Malaysia to multi-racial parents, Lianne is a self-proclaimed travel and food junkie. Having traveled extensively around the wor...