Top 10 Aphrodisiac Foods

13/02/2017

Whatever you might be planning to cook this Valentine’s Day, the following are some must have ingredients, to add that little bit of extra love to your dish.

 

Cherries:

Red, shiny and juicy, cherries have everything you’d expect from an aphrodisiac. Rammed full anti-oxidants and vitamins these are a win-win.

Pomegranate:

Another aphrodisiac that gains its power from anti-oxidants. We knew being healthy could be so much fun.

Oysters:

Maybe not to everyone’s taste but you can’t escape this classic aphrodisiac. These shellfish provide enough zinc to send testosterone levels racing.

Chocolate:

It is the chemical phenylethylamine (PEA) found within cocoa that gives chocolate its reputation. Not only does PEA produce feelings of well-being and euphoria but it is also the same chemical produced in the brain when we fall in love. So when someone says they ‘love chocolate’ they might actually mean it.

Chilli Peppers:

Hot and spicy in more ways than one. The capsaicin contained within chillies is thought to release endorphins in the brain giving you that feel good factor. However, we’d suggest you don’t go higher than a Habanero if your motives are solely sensual.

Bananas:

Aside from the suggestive shape, bananas are potassium powerhouses. Increasing energy levels and testosterone production their aphrodisiac qualities are hard to ignore.

Avocados:

Well on your way to your 5 a day now. Avocados help to produce testosterone and progesterone, with their aphrodisiac reputation thought to date back as far as the Aztecs.

Honey:

Smooth, luxurious and sweet, honey’s sugary taste provides an instant energy boost. With hormone regulating properties we think the ‘birds and the bees’ are on to something here.

Whipped Cream:

Not much going on at a chemical level here so we’ll leave this one up to your imagination.

Strawberries:

Heart shaped and packed with vitamin C, strawberries help to keep the blood flowing. Plus they combine perfectly with a few of the above to give you a great tasting double aphrodisiac hit.

While the jury might still be out on just how effective aphrodisiacs are, our advice is, there’s only one way to find out. Happy cooking and Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone at Flourish xx