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Food as Aphrodisiacs: Fact or Fiction?

Some foods are regarded as pleasure enhancers, but can they scientifically boost libido and amplify sex drive?

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Who does not want a little assistance to get in the mood now and again? You or your loved one might be stressed, incredibly busy, worried all of which are preventing you from focusing on being present in the moment with that special someone.

You prepare a rack of lamb with a side of roasted asparagus, and for dessert an almond-centric tart and a chocolate souffle  Will this meal of aphrodisiacs truly get your partner started?

Traditionally Speaking

Over the centuries, people have grasped onto the idea that certain foods will generate a chemical reaction in the body to become more easily aroused. Many theories as to which types of foods and the reasoning behind the reactions have evolved over time.

Some cultures believed that eating spicy food would act as a natural arousal technique given that spices used in such dishes often generate a warming sensation and perspiration throughout the body.

Other cultures adapted to the theory that food which is part of the reproduction process in other species must be a stimulant for humans. This theory has brought about the aphrodisiacs of caviar, animal genitals, and more.

It was also a logical assumption for many cultures that if a food looks like a sexual organ, it must be associated with the activities of such parts. These cultures often used fruits such as bananas and pears, root vegetables such as carrots, and of course the infamous oysters.

Also along the lines of theories based on the appearance, some cultures deemed that if the food itself stimulated the senses through sight, smell, and touch that it must be sensual and of assistance.

Another logical theory developed over the years linked exotic to erotic. Potatoes and chocolate were once considered the most stimulating foods in existence before they were common in Europe. Once a food become more widely available, it become less exotic and hence, well you can fill in the blank.

The Truth

Out of all of these theories from centuries of trial and error, are we any closer to discovering which are in fact aphrodisiacs and which are not? Rest easy. Scientists have been hard at work to determine which foods may or may not work.

Save your money. Oysters, caviar, chocolate, and exotic foods have been disproved as aphrodisiacs.

While shapely and phallic fruits and vegetables may not actually be aphrodisiacs, they are most definitely a powerful tool of suggestion. The same can be said for appealing to the senses through food to create a mood, as well as offering exotic foods from a land far away.

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Foods may not yet be scientifically proven to generate arousal; however, humans are sensory driven and by creating the right mood, you can turn any circumstance into a night to remember.

You never know what will trigger your partner. Perhaps the best aphrodisiacs are as simple as listening, a glass of wine, taking your partner away from daily stresses for a few hours, or taking care of their every need for an evening with no food required.

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