7 Libido Boosting Foods That Will Increase Your Sexual Appetite
These aphrodisiacs have been proven to increase your sexual desire
Have you ever noticed that some foods seem to put you in the mood for love? You're not alone. Women's Health recently published an article on msn.com that described seven different edibles that are bound to kick your libido into high gear. The list includes:
1. Chocolate: For those who are wondering, this aphrodisiac has nothing to do with the Johnny Depp movie, Chocolat (although, some Depp fans might beg to differ). We know that most things chocolate taste good, so flavor isn't an issue here. Some intriguing information about this sweet relates to some of its advantages ... For instance, it releases endorphins into our body(those natural chemicals that lead to us feeling like taking on the world after a workout), since chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which produces them. Though there's no proof that chocolate is a direct link to being a libido booster (The University Of Guelph did a study that showed no relation to it boosting sexual arousal), most people who eat it still believe that it increases their cravings for intimacy, making it a fantastic placebo. So the next time you whip out a chocolate bar, don't feel so guilty -- in my opinion, the benefits outweigh the risk, as long as you don't overindulge.
2. Coffee: For this sometimes-addictive drink, a study was done by Southwestern University which actually proves that it has some "magical" properties -- for females. Having some coffee will stimulate a part of their brain that dictates arousal, thus encouraging their sex drive. So when you're thinking about a location for your next date, consider a laid back place where you can order a nice cup of java.
3. Eggs: Men, listen up: If you're experiencing erectile dysfunction, perhaps an egg or two will assist you. They contain L-arginine, which can help combat the affliction. Also, don't think that you have to drink the eggs raw like Rocky Balboa, prepare a nice omelette dish that you and your (hopefully egg-loving partner) can both enjoy. Note: I do not work for the Egg Advisory Board.
4. Peaches: Going to the country to eat a lot of peaches sounds like quite the prudent idea --Especially if men want to increase their sperm count. The amount of vitamin-C contained in this fruit will help your "guys" be produced more rapidly and more copiously so if you consume frozen peach slices (the amount of vitamin-C in a frozen peach is higher). Another bonus to eating this sensual fruit: It can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes any time of the day, from having one on the side during breakfast, to having a few slices with some wine and cheese in the evening.
5. Saffron: Saffron is typically found in Mediterranean or Spanish dishes. Made from the stamens of crocus flowers, it has a bitter taste and is quite pricey. To prepare some, you'll need to soak it in hot (not boiling, just hot) water for roughly 15 minutes, then add it to whatever concoction you're currently cooking up (A good experiment would be with some risotto, or even some soup or rice.) Why am I delving into the preparation directions for saffron so dillegently? Why else? Researchers at The University Of Guelph have discovered that it can increase your sexual performance.
6. Steak: Want another excuse to enjoy a nice, juicy steak? Mention its sexual benefits (another performance enhancer), and if you want to sound self-aware, bring up the abundance of protein, zinc, iron, and B-vitamins that you will obtain by ingesting this meal. Also, you should never rush while eating a steak -- Take some time to enjoy it, and it will be that much more satisfying.
7. Watermelon: The fruit that can be seen as the epitome of a sweltering summer afternoon, watermelons can benefit both men and women in one fell swoop. According to The University Of Hawaii, they contain citrulline (read about some of the benefits here), which is an amino acid that produces arginine. In our bodies, this helps increase a woman's libido, along with a man's erection. So when packing food for a picnic, don't forget to bring a watermelon.
What do you think? Has your experience with these foods gotten you all hot and bothered? Will you be serving them up on your next date night?