If your partner needs a bit of a suggestive push along in the romance department this Valentines Day, apparently becoming more attractive to the opposite sex may be as simple as what you eat.
We all know that oysters are meant to be a good aphrodisiac but there are also some more common foods that will put us in the mood for love.
Does the “Birds and bees talk” ring a bell? Honey is a symbol of pollination and procreation and in fact, the word ‘honeymoon’ came from the ancient alcoholic drink mead which used to be drunk at weddings. Honey contains the mineral boron, which helps to regulate the sex hormones oestrogen and testosterone levels.
This fiery spice has an exotic connotation with its intense heat and vivid red colour, being symbols of love and passion. Chili peppers do stimulate our feel good brain chemicals called endorphins which mimic the feelings we have when we are feeling aroused.
You only have to look at the shape of this vegetable to see why it is often called “exotic asparagus”. Asparagus contains potassium, fibre and vitamins like A, C, folate and vitamin B which are nutrients that are important for fertility. Folate is involved in the production of chemical called histamine in the body which is necessary for the attainment of heightened arousal in both sexes.
Chocolate has a natural sensual feel to it, think about the smell the taste and the texture. It’s also high in magnesium which helps to relax us and also increases a feel good chemical called dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure.
It could be the sensuous feminine shape, or creamy mouth texture that may give avocados its reputation as an aphrodisiac but avocados are nutrient rich powerhouse rich in minerals, vitamins and fats required for a healthy reproductive system and hormonal balance.
Valentines Day dessert recipe.