Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Sexy Diet

Can certain foods turn you on?

If you’re cooking a romantic meal do you slip in some oysters in the hope they might excite more than your partner’s taste buds?

If so, you’re not alone. Foods classified as aphrodisiacs have been well documented throughout history. Hippocrates suggested using honey to help one’s libido and in the seventeenth century it was claimed asparagus "stirreth up bodily lust in man or woman."

It has been suggested that man's universal attribution of libidinous effects to certain foods originated in the ancient belief that if an object resembled the genitalia, it posessed sexual powers. Thus the legendary aphrodisiac powers of ginseng root and powdered rhinoceros horn.

Darn! You're pantry is fresh out of rhinoceros horn? Don't despair. Here's a list of some more common aphrodisiacs to help jump start a sexy mood:

Asparagus
Given its phallic shape, asparagus is frequently enjoyed as an aphrodisiac food. Feed your lover boiled or steamed spears for a sensuous experience. The Vegetarian Society suggests eating asparagus for three days for the most powerful affect.

Almond
A symbol of fertility throughout the ages. The aroma is thought to induce passion in a female. Try serving Marzipan (almond paste) in the shapes of fruits for a special after-dinner treat.

Arugula
Arugula, or "rocket seed," has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. This ingredient was added to grated orchid bulbs and parsnips and also combined with pine nuts and pistachios. Arugula greens are frequently used in salads and pasta.

Avocado
The Aztecs called the avocado tree "Ahuacuatl," which translated means "testicle tree." The ancients thought the fruit hanging in pairs on the tree resembled the male's testicles. This is a delicious fruit with a sensuous texture. Serve in slices with a small amount of Balsamic vinegar and freshly ground pepper.

Bananas
The banana flower has a marvelous phallic shape and is partially responsible for popularity of the banana as an aphrodisiac food. Bananas are rich in potassium and B vitamins, necessities for sex hormone production.

Basil (Sweet Basil)
Is said to stimulate the sex drive and boost fertility. It is also said to produce a general sense of well being for body and mind.


A rhinoceros horn -- falsely believed by some to have aphrodisiac properties. In fact, this particular Chinese medicine is not an aphrodisiac, but an antipyretic (reduces body temperature.)


Chocolate
The Aztecs referred to chocolate as "nourishment of the gods." Chocolate contains chemicals thought to effect neurotransmitters in the brain and a related substance to caffeine called theobromine. Chocolate contains more antioxidant (cancer preventing enzymes) than does red wine. The secret for passion is to combine the two. Try a glass of cabernet with a bit of dark chocolate for a sensuous treat.

Carrots
Another good reason to eat carrots -- believed to be a stimulant to the male. The phallus shaped carrot has been associated with stimulation since ancient times and was used by early Middle Eastern royalty to aid seduction. Carrots are high in vitamins and beta-carotene. Perhaps a justification for a piece of carrot cake?

Coffee
Caffeine is a well-know stimulant, but remember, too much and it becomes a depressant. Serve small amounts of rich, dark espresso in special little demitasse cups. Coffee stimulates both the body and the mind, so partake of a little in preparation for an all-nighter.

Coriander (Cilantro seed)
The book of The Arabian nights tells a tale of a merchant who had been childless for 40 years and but was cured by a concoction that included coriander. That book is over 1,000 years old, so the history of coriander as an aphrodisiac dates back far into history. Cilantro was also known to be used as an appetite stimulant.

Fennel
In the 1930's, fennel was found to be a source of natural plant estrogens. Use of fennel as an aphrodisiac dates back to the Egyptian times where it was used as a libido enhancement.

Figs
An open fig is thought to emulate the female sex organs and traditionally thought of as sexual stimulant. A man breaking open a fig and eating it in front of his lover is a powerful erotic act. Serve fresh Black Mission figs in a cool bowl of water, as it is done in Italy, and be sure to eat with your fingers!

Garlic
The "heat" in garlic is said to stir sexual desires. Make sure you and your partner share it together! Garlic has been used for centuries to cure everything from the common cold to heart ailments. This is a good time for moderation. Enjoy a pasta with a lightly garlicky sauce and it might lead up to something later.

Ginger
Ginger root raw, cooked or crystallized is a stimulant to the circulatory system. Perhaps a stir-fry with freshly grated ginger can stir something spicy up.

Honey
Many medicines in Egyptian times were based on honey, including cures for sterility and impotence. Medieval seducers plied their partners with Mead, a fermented drink made from honey. Lovers on their "honeymoon" drank mead as it was thought to sweeten the marriage.

Licorice
The Chinese have used licorice for medicinal purposes since ancient times. The essence of the Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) plant, glycrrhizin, is 50 times sweeter than sugar. Chewing on bits of licorice root is said to enhance love and lust. It is particularly stimulating to women.

Mustard
Believed to stimulate the sexual glands and increase desire. Prepare a tenderloin roast (filet mignon) for two with a mustard and peppercorn sauce.

Nutmeg
Nutmeg was highly prized by Chinese women as an aphrodisiac. In quantity, nutmeg can produce a hallucinogenic effect. A light sprinkling of the spice in a warm pumpkin soup can help spice up your evening.



Oysters
Oysters were documented as an aphrodisiac food by the Romans in the second century A.D., as mentioned in a satire by Juvenal. He described the wanton ways of women after ingesting wine and eating giant oysters. An additional hypothesis is that the oyster resembles the female genitals. In reality, oysters are very nutritious and high in protein.

Pine Nuts
Zinc is a key mineral necessary to maintain male potency and pine nuts are rich in zinc. Pine nuts have been used to stimulate the libido as far back as medieval times. Serve pine nut cookies with a dark espresso for a stimulating dessert.

Pineapple
Rich in vitamin C and is used in the homeopathic treatment for impotence. Add a spear to a sweet Rum drink for a tasty prelude to an evening of passion.

Raspberries and Strawberries
Perfect foods for hand-feeding your lover. Both invite love and are described in erotic literature as "fruit nipples." Both are high in vitamin C and make a sweet light dessert.

Truffles
The Greeks and the Romans considered the rare Truffle to be an aphrodisiac. The musky scent is said to stimulate and sensitize the skin to touch. (I personally swear by the dark chocolate variety by Godiva.)

Vanilla
The scent and flavor of vanilla is believed to increase lust. According to the Australian Orchid Society, Old Totonac lore has it that Xanat, the young daughter of the Mexican fertility goddess, loved a Totonac youth. Unable to marry him due to her divine nature, she transformed herself into a plant that would provide pleasure and happiness. Fill tall champagne glasses to the rim and add a vanilla bean for a heady, bubbly treat.

Wine
A glass or two of wine can greatly enhance a romantic interlude. Wine relaxes and helps to stimulate our senses. Drinking wine can be an erotic experience. Let your eyes feast on the color of the liquid... Caress the glass... Savor the taste on your lips. Do remember that excessive alcohol will make you too drowsy for the after-dinner romance. A moderate amount of wine has been said to arouse, but much more than that amount will have the reverse effect.



Still need a little help putting these aphrodisiacs in play? Check these tasty recipe links:

Bon Appétit!

1 comments:

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