According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, (FDA), there is no such thing as an aphrodisiac. But ancient wisdom tells a different story. Throughout history, various foods have been held in the highest regards as aphrodisiacs. Some are suggestive in shape, many have arousing aromas or a sensual mouthfeel.
Some raise body temperature and others provide instant energy. But measured under the scrutiny of modern science, we learn that in addition to an ability to caress the tongue or lower inhibition in a bid to attract women or men, most of these foods are excellent sources of energy vital maintaining sexual hormone levels and/or sparking neurotransmitters that trigger feelings of love or sexual arousal. So, do aphrodisiacs really exist? We’ll leave that one up to you and your dining partner….
When you think of edible aphrodisiacs, you instantly think ‘oyster’… and yes, its true that oysters are an aphrodisiac. But for those of you with oyster hating partners, never fear. Here is a list of alternate aphrodisiacs.
Here’s out top 5 aphrodisiacs that are not an oyster
1. Rocket (arugula) – was a popular aphrodisiac among the ancient Romans and ancient Egyptians as it was often associated with Priapus, a minor Roman god of fertility. Today most proponents of arugula downplay its natural aphrodisiac properties, promoting the lettuce instead as an aid for digestion, and is also said to help clear the mind. Although neither of these curative properties specifically raises sexual energy, they are both attributes that promote the right mood for romance.
2. Cucumber – It is commonly assumed that cucumber’s status as an object of desire lies purely in its shape. Yes, cucumber is certainly phallic in appearance, but its aphrodisiac attributes are not based on looks alone.
Nutritionally, cucumbers provide several nutrients essential to maintaining sexual health, including Vitamin C and manganese and the silica in cucumbers make them something of a culinary fountain of youth. Silica supports connective tissue heath which will not only keep us limber and primed for action but can also help maintain young, vibrant skin. Cucumbers also prevent water retention which means they not only work as a cure of morning after eyes but can diminish bloat to keep you feeling your sexiest. Most interestingly to those looking to use food in seduction, a study found that the scent of cucumbers, in combination with black liquorice, is extremely arousing to women.
3. Mustard – Throughout European history, mustard has long been considered a potent aphrodisiac, it has been documented that monks were not permitted to ingest mustard for it was believed to lead the men of God down the path to temptation.
The ancient Greeks discovered mustard’s ability to increase circulation – good circulation leads to good sex! And that may be why this spice was regarded as a sexual aid throughout most of European history – however in China, mustard seed was thought aphrodisiac for its heat in the mouth.
Mustard’s pungency is part of what earns the seed its aphrodisiac classification. Its intense, spicy flavor is credited with causing a rise in adrenalin. According to the research of Australia’s Dr. Max Lake, mustard causes “maximal stimulation of the pain fraction of taste.” It is this balance of pain and pleasure that brings eaters to gastronomic climax. Amen.
4. Shark – Shark meat may help enhance that sexual glow. A 3.5 ounce serving of Mako (the variety most commonly caught and served today) offers 21 grams of energy-sustaining protein to every 4.5 grams of fat. It is also a good source of magnesium as well as selenium, an important nutrient for sperm production. Eat up boys!
5. Oats – Every wondered where the term “sow your wild oats” came from? Evidence has emerged that suggests the term has roots in health science. Green oat has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine as a treatment for low libido. Oats were also popular in homeopathy and were once considered one of five culinary treatments for female infertility.
Many varieties of oats (including oat bran, wild oats and oat straw), may be among the most potent and least expensive edible libido enhancers. The power of concentrated oats has been proven to significantly raise testosterone levels in men. Forget the love heart shaped pancakes for breakfast and get a pot of porridge on the stove!