Oysters And More: Five Foods That Are Aphrodisiacs
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Named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, aphrodisiacs are foods that increase sexual desire. The idea that something that’s tasty can also lift your libido is appealing, but the matter isn’t so simple. Experts have found that proven aphrodisiacs are actually foods that allow healthy blood circulation, help balance hormones, and enhance vitality. The aroma, texture and even shape of food can all contribute to arousal. 


Both the Mayans and Aztecs believed that cacao was ‘food of the gods’, but the Aztecs were the first to label chocolate an aphrodisiac, linking it with sexual desire. A chemical called tryptophan, which is known to enhance pleasure, can be found in chocolate.


Despite being a millennial trend, avocados have been popular since 500 BC. They contain vitamin E, which has been shown to enhance fertility in both men and women. Avocados are also rich in B vitamins, which are known to increase energy and vitality.


In 2005, many consumer publications reported findings that showed bivalve mollusks (which include oysters, mussels, clams and scallops) to have properties that induce sexual desire. Oysters are rich in zinc, which is essential for testosterone production. 


A 2019 study found that saffron can help improve sexual dysfunction in both men and women. Native to India, Iran and Greece, it is believed that saffron has many health benefits, the enhancing of sexual desire bring one of them. 


Honey contains compounds that help maintain hormone balance, including estrogen and testosterone, both of which are essential for a healthy libido. It also contains the element boron, which enhances blood flow. 

Other aphrodisiac foods include figs, strawberries and ginseng. It’s likely that an increased libido after eating these foods may actually be a placebo effect since we have been programmed to believe that they have that benefit, but there’s no doubt that oysters and chocolate-coated strawberries make a romantic meal.