Post on: February 12, 2019.

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Searching for sexy, romantic foods to indulge in, or serve someone special? Here’s all of the steamy details about the sexiest, most romantic foods out there…including some that may act as aphrodisiacs. (It’s not that your bedroom experience isn’t great – it just could be better).

The Most Romantic Food

Chocolate covered strawberries, champagne and oysters probably top the list, but have you ever considered arugula? It’s a pretty romantic food with it’s peppery flavour and sexy curves. Check out these other lesser known (and some of your favourite) romantic foods.

What is an Aphrodisiac?

Aphrodisiacs are foods or drugs that arouse sexual desire. Aphrodisiacs can be visual, tactile or edible (food, medicines, alcohol). But, the question is do they really work? Let’s dive into the science behind food aphrodisiacs and see if they live up to their hype.

Can Eating Romantic Foods Make Sex Better?

It’s enticing, isn’t it? The idea that eating something could make sex better. There’s a powerful placebo effect to aphrodisiacs. Centuries ago foods like sage, arugula, nutmeg, ginger and chocolate were thought to enhance one’s sexual experience. Chocolate is still a popular aphrodisiac and is the only one of these traditional aphrodisiacs with some scientific backing.

The most romantic food: Chocolate

Just the velvety, smooth, arousing texture and aroma of chocolate can make some people moan – but, according to science it’s likely active compounds in chocolate at work. Chocolate contains caffeine which stimulates heightened awareness of the nervous system. Chocolate also contains tryptophan and phenylethylamines which increases the feel happy chemical serotonin and increase endorphins in the brain respectively. Whether chocolate is actually “better than sex”, as some women say, is still up for debate as research has yet to show chocolate is a sexual stimulant. Check out my Seductively Delicious Brownies recipe – you’ll never believe they are healthy!

Nutmeg

Nutmeg might be helpful at enhancing male sexual performance according to traditional stories. According to a mouse study, nutmeg may even work in mice. But, as for us humans, there are no studies yet. Regardless, since this nutty spice tastes so good on roasted squash, on apples or paired with chocolate you may find yourself sprinkling a little here and there anyways.

Oysters

Touted in literature as Casanova’s secret weapon, oysters are commonly thought of as being a romantic food. However, there is little to no research to confirm it is an aphrodisiac. There is a significant amount of zinc in oysters,  a mineral needed for sperm production. Oysters contain iron which is needed for energy production. And, eating oysters may stimulate dopamine release, which is an arousing neurotransmitter. But, this just theoretical suggestions of why one of the most popular answers to the trivia question, “Name the best aphrodisiac” people answer “Oysters”.

Maca and Panax Ginseng

Maca has been traditionally used in the Andean region for its ability to improve energy and fertility. A rat study suggests it may help improve sexual behaviour in male rats. According to Health Canada, maca is an antioxidant, helps to support emotional aspects of sexual health, and support mood balance during menopause.

Panax ginseng has the ability to improve cardiovascular health through it’s ability to affect nitric oxide and act as an antioxidant. Studies suggest these mechanisms may account for its aphrodisiac effects in traditional Chinese medicine.

Herbal Medicines that are Aphrodisiacs

Scientific research has uncovered two herbal medicines that may enhance sexual experience: Horny Goat Weed and Damiana. Horny Goat Weed contains a compound called iicarin, which is helpful for those with erectile dysfunction. It works by inhibiting the enzyme that causes an erection to disappear in the penis. In other words, it can help the penis stay erect. Damiana is a herbal medicine that has been used traditionally for years as an aphrodisiac. Research studies show Damiana appears to reduce anxiety – a common bedroom problem for women. In fact, studies show that women with anxiety-related disorders have a high incidence of sexual dysfunction.

Better, better, best edible sexual enhancers.

According science, if you’re looking for the most romantic food here are some of the best ones:

  1. Arugula
  2. Nutmeg
  3. Oysters
  4. Chocolate