Eating in on Valentine’s Day: Food to get you in the mood

Whether through fortunate chemical compounds or simply due to their shapes and textures, these aphrodisiacs could add some spice to your Valentine’s Day plans.

Chili Peppers: Stimulators of endorphins, these intense plant fruits boost your heart rate and can make you sweat. Sound familiar? Similar things happen when we are aroused.

Oysters: Not only are these bivalve molluscs loaded with zinc, which helps in the production of sperm and boosts libido, but the luxuriousness of eating oysters makes for a pretty romantic meal. Not to mention, the sucking and slurping involved can be quite seductive.

Chocolate: Maybe the tradition of giving your sweetheart this gift of the gods for V-day is not as silly as some think. Aphrodisiac expert, Dr. Meryl Rosofsky says seduction rituals historically involved chocolate, which is connected to the goddess of fertility in Aztec culture. The treat contains anandamide, known as the “feel-good chemical,” as well as phenylethylamine, a chemical which releases dopamine and helps generate feelings of passion, attraction and bliss.

Avocados: The fruit contains an abundance of Vitamin E, which helps in maintaining energy, but the very shape of an avocado could be the real reason it is considered an aphrodisiac. The Aztecs saw the fruits hanging in pairs in trees and called them Ahuacuatl, which translates to “testicle tree,” while Catholic priests in Spain once forbade the fare for being too lewd.

Honey: This sweet, syrupy sugar serves as the symbol of pollination, but honey is also chock-full of boron, a mineral that aids in the use of the female sex hormone, estrogen. Honey also contains B vitamins, which are needed for the production of testosterone — the hormone to thank for sex drive and orgasm (for everyone, not just men).

Bananas: About as phallic as food can get, these fruits contain the enzyme bromelain, which helps with the production of testosterone. In addition, bananas have potassium and Vitamin B, which are known to increase energy levels  — not a bad thing when it comes to Valentine’s Day.

Garlic: It might be stinky, but garlic is rich in arginine, an amino acid involved in the production of nitric oxide, which can contribute to increased blood flow. Increased blood flow could mean increased fun flow.

*Sources: delish.com, Alternet and Reader’s Digest