Aphrodisiac Foods & Anaphrodisiac Foods
We have probably all heard about aphrodisiac foods and how they are supposed to arouse or intensify sexual desire. According to the FDA, there are no such foods that have been proven to actually achieve this, but the idea of them has been around for ages and continues to persist. The simple fact of eating healthy can make you feel better and improve your body image, and certain foods are loaded with vitamins and nutrients that help your body. Many foods and beverages have been listed as aphrodisiacs, so it can be hard to tell what has some fact and what doesn’t. My research turned up some foods that, while not proven to illicit sexual arousal, do contain necessary dietary components for healthy sexuality – and a few that have the opposite effect. Here they are, so you can decide for yourself.
- Bananas- Insert obvious jokes about shape here. That aside, bananas are full of potassium and B vitamins that are necessary for your body’s production of sex hormones. They also contain chelating minerals, which help the body absorb essential nutrients, which is supposed to boost the male libido.
- Almonds- Almonds were an ancient symbol for fertility and the smell alone is supposed to be highly arousing for women. Whether or not this is true for you, almonds contain vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber, and are good for blood flow and heart health.
- Chocolate- Yes, science supports the (moderate) consumption of chocolate. Hooray! Chocolate stimulates the reward centers of your brain, similar in some ways to sex, and gives you antioxidants and magnesium as well. The benefit is in the cacao, so the higher the cacao content the better - meaning dark chocolate is best.
- Garlic- What, funky breath doesn’t seem sexy to you? Garlic is filled with allicin, which increases blood flow, causing increased stamina and energy. That is sexy.
- Honey- Sticky, sweet, and full of awesome B vitamins and nutrients. Honey is a great source of boron, a trace mineral that the body uses to metabolize estrogen and may also enhance testosterone levels in the blood - promoting sex drive and orgasm in both men and women.
- Oysters, pine nuts, and pumpkin seeds- No, not together. These foods are full of zinc, which is great for your body in many ways (in small doses), but also helps with sperm and lubrication production and increased stamina.
- Alcohol- Everyone knows that alcohol decreases your inhibitions, which is probably why you feel so sexy and confident after a drink or two. Besides the minor health benefits of one small glass of red wine, there aren’t any good arguments for alcohol. Besides, it reduces your natural sexual response, so even if you feel more aroused, you aren’t as likely to function well or to achieve orgasm. Alcohol and sex get paired together too much, usually for the wrong reasons, and so in no way is alcohol an aphrodisiac.
- Fried foods- While not necessarily a turn-off, fried foods lead to many health risks and a general sluggishness that is not conducive to good sexuality.
Licorice extract- Licorice root, the extract from which is found in black licorice was reported to interfere with testosterone production. It would take quite a bit more than is found in most black licorice today, but it seems to have a negative impact on libido for that reason.
Other Foods That Affect Your Libido
I couldn’t find any other foods that were seriously bad for the libido. I found articles on how soy, mint, tomato, Graham crackers, and corn flakes (solely because they were invented to curb your sexual impulses) were supposed to have a negative impact on libido, and many different herbs, but not a lot with any real science behind it.
A lot of foods are a turn-on or -off based solely on your own preferences. Many fruits and veggies are loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals that can help your body out, so a good rule is to not skip out on those. Basically if you believe something is going to boost your libido there is a good chance it will, so you can experiment and create your own aphrodisiacs. The point is to be healthy, be safe, and enjoy.