5 Foods for Romance

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, February 11, 2009

Mmm, the mighty aphrodisiac… Some mythical foods symbolize love and fertility and have been around for centuries. Whether you believe in their powers or not, here are some that might (ahem) perk up your Valentine’s Day dinner.

Setting the Tone
Creating the right atmosphere is part of a romantic evening — candlelight, music, a cozy table and your finest dishes. Get the kids, pets, parents or any other interruptions out of the house (my dog needs more attention than my kids sometimes). Once the mood is set, prepare to bring out the food.

1. Oysters
In ancient times, the “law of similarity” reasoned that a food possessed sexual powers if it resembled the male or female’s special parts. Oysters were no exception with its similarity to the “hidden female treasure.” This seafood may have gained its reputation when doctors discovered zinc deficiency (oysters are very high in zinc), and began recommending it. Zinc is involved with taste perception and sexual organ development, but please, don’t start zinc supplements just yet — it won’t enhance what already you do or do not have.

2. Chocolate
Chocolate’s reputation as an aphrodisiac may have stemmed from the Aztec ruler Montezuma, who supposedly drank up to 50 cups of the chocolate drink before heading to his harem. He also gained a reputation for being an amazing lover, but was it really all that cacao? Rumor also has it that Mayans used cacao beans to pay for some female loving at the going rate of around eight beans per woman. There is no need to consume as much chocolate as Montezuma. Just an ounce of dark chocolate is all you need. The darker the chocolate the more antioxidants it has. (Learn more about chocolate.)

3. Alcohol
Champagne and wine usually are most popular for toasting love. Alcohol allows you to lower your sexual inhibitions and go for it! Unfortunately, too much alcohol also inhibits the physical response to sexual desire and racks up those calories — factor about 150 per glass. For a satisfying Valentine’s experience, your best bet is to stick to a glass or two.

4. Truffles
We mean the mushrooms, not the chocolate candy. Folklore has it that Napoleon ate truffles to increase his sexual prowess. Some conjecture that truffles’ musky scent is reminiscent of male pheromones. Experts consider both the white and black varieties to be aphrodisiacs, but the rarer black one is thought to be more potent (though both are quite pricey).

5. Asparagus
The Vegetarian Society claims that feeding asparagus for three consecutive days to your lover will result in the most powerful libido boost. Great boiled or steamed, asparagus contains the antioxidants vitamins A and C. Vitamin A also helps create healthy skin and hair, desirable features in any lover.

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Comments (17)

  1. Shane Cooke says:

    Ms. Amidor,
    What a beautiful mix of goodies; especially, considering the upcoming holiday. Bravo to you on a well timed idea!

  2. Carole says:

    I don’t care for chocolate. I make it up in Oysters. I eat them for the sheer joy of the elixer….aaaaahhhhh…good timing for the study, HAPPY VALENTINE DAY to all of you…..

  3. Dee says:

    Asparagus? Count me in!

  4. gina says:

    I can't believe this article says to boil or steam asparagus. That is the most unappetizing way to eat it. Instead, try drizzling it with extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of course sea salt, then either pan fry or broil until desired tenderness is achieved. You won't go back to boiled or steamed asparagus. Same with cauliflower – broiled is best with drizzled extra virgin olive oil & course sea salt, you will be surprised at how delicious is it compared to boiled and topped with some over processed cheese goo.

    • Katie says:

      Oh man, I couldn't disagree more. Steamed asparagus with just a bit of crunch and nothing but salt and freshly cracked pepper makes me a very happy girl! No cheese goo or oil for me, just a big bowl of tasty steamed asparagus!

    • Mary says:

      I agree on the *thumbs down* for boiled or steamed asparagus, but what we favor the most is to drizzle with evoo, salt, pepper and a pinch of garlic, then ROAST them in a 400 degree oven until they start to brown and get a nice crunch. They taste so woodsy and we eat them like candy! I served them that way to my in-laws for Christmas dinner – they are strictly from the "steamed" school of thought, and this way won them over big time! They made a funny face when they first saw them, but after tasting them, they both went back for seconds. :)

  5. Robert NorVelle says:

    Gina, you have got it right! When you fry asparagus try adding a quarter tsp. crushed red pepper, a tablespoon of anchovy paste, a tablespoon of chopped garlic, and 2-3 tablespoons of water. Fry it just until the asparagus becomes bright green (3-4) minutes, and serve.

  6. Nicolette says:

    Asparagus just happens to be my favorite vegetable!! ;0)

  7. kay says:

    Asparagus is also great sauted w/mushrooms or sliced almonds.

  8. Dave says:

    We grill Asparagus (on the grill, of course), in a seafood basket, sprayed with butter flavored "pam" and garlic powder (or salt). Yummy with about any thing else you grill.

  9. Jackie says:

    I agree with Mary. Also try it with cauliflower.

  10. Deborah says:

    You all should try this cookbook – INTERCOURSES – an aphrodisiac cookbook, by Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge. I was given this 14 years ago and it contains some great ideas and gorgeous pictures. It features chocolate, asparagus, chiles, basil, artichokes and much more. Great fun and like grapes rolled in almonds and ginger it certainly gets your imagination a workout!

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