4 REAL Aphrodisiacs to Add to Your Valentine’s Day Menu
Whether you like it or not, Valentine’s Day, February 14th, is right around the corner. Maybe you’re looking forward to a romantic night with that special someone, perhaps you’re staying in with friends to celebrate (or wallow) in the meaning of the day, or, like many people, you’d rather the holiday never existed in the first place.
Regardless of if you’re single, coupled, looking, or heck, hoping to leave, aphrodisiacs may be a fun addition to the day so many love to hate. But are they the real deal? Could choosing the right foods be the answer to having a hot and steamy night?
According to research, about 43% of women and 31% of men say they have at least one sexual dysfunction. So while you may feel a little shy about reading this article, just know there are more people looking for answers than you might have thought.
So let’s delve in the world of possibilities, keep an open mind, and see if Chef Jungle can enhance your holiday this February 14th.
What is an Aphrodisiac?
Simply put, an aphrodisiac is a food or other substance that is thought to increase libido, put you in the mood, get your mojo going, make you burn with desire, and give you the tools you need to execute.
Get it? I thought so…
The desire for better sex or enhanced sexual interest is one of the unifying wants in our world. Regardless of race, culture, sex, location, socioeconomic status, profession, etc., we can all agree that good sex is a good thing. And we’ve seen it throughout history, which also means that this desire is nothing new. Thankfully, we’re no longer turning to blister beetles, Spanish fly, toad skin, and other cringe-worthy solutions. Instead, we’re harnessing the power of food.
Let’s Start with the Bad News…
Since aphrodisiacs have been around as long as people, you’ve probably heard that the following can raise your skirt (or pants):
Unfortunately, while some of these foods do provide beneficial health properties, there is no sexual causation reported in scientific studies. Anecdotal research and correlations taken out of context have created buzz around these foods, however, it’s not the buzz you’re looking for.
Another reason many of these foods have been linked to aphrodisiacs is because they resemble sex organs. The idea is that just seeing an object resembling the female and male anatomy would make you a quiver. Despite that hypothesis, a single sliced fig or pomegranate, a healthy banana, or a bundle of asparagus, just isn’t enough to make you want to mambo.
One more reason these foods got wrapped up with aphrodisiacs is because of their temperature and texture. Watermelon is juicy, and so the myth goes, it will make you juicy.
…Sorry folks, it’s just not that easy.
4 TRUE Aphrodisiacs to Try at Your Table
Are you ready for the good stuff? Do you really want it?
Here it comes…
A study published in the journal of the Internal Society for Sexual Medicine reviewed popular and widely accepted foods used for aphrodisiac purposes. Researchers analyzed the evidence behind these foods and concluded that these are the real deal.
Now, I do want to warn you, these aren’t the sexist meals to serve on V-Day, but if hot and heavy is the goal, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
This root vegetable has made a recent appearance in health food aisles as a “superfood” and shows promising outcomes in improving sexual function in healthy women, and helping men with erectile dysfunction. We’ll call that a win-win.
You can buy maca powder loose or in tablets. Add it to shakes and coffee for a nutty, caramel flavor, or enhance your waffles, muffins, granola, and other baked goods.
Maca root powder
Preliminary findings indicate this herb has shown to aid in combating erectile dysfunction. A specific type of ginseng, Korean red ginseng, has also been shown to improve sexual arousal in menopausal women. However, since ginseng has estrogenic effects, it should not be used if you have a hormone-sensitive cancer.
Ginseng root can be eaten raw by chewing on the fresh root, lightly steamed, or stewed to make a tea. Top the root with a little honey for a sweeter flavor. You can find ginseng in many Chinese herbal stores, where you should also be able to find the root in supplement form.
High amounts of magnesium make this vegetable a natural relaxant, just what you need to let your inhibitions loose. Bonus, okra is also full of the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your sex organs healthy, and therefore happy.
Okra can be eaten raw with a bit of salt and pepper, grilled, sautéd with other veggies and good cut of meat, or battered and fried.
As the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, many people experience similar effects to that of sex when they eat capsaicin — increased heart rate and metabolism, along with sweating, depending how much heat you can take.
Add cayenne pepper, or chili peppers, to whatever you’ve got on the menu, just make sure your honey can handle the heat (in and out of the bedroom).
Cayenne pepper made from chili peppers containing capsaicin.
While these foods may help in the bedroom, most studies on sexual desire conclude that an enticing combination of all your senses is one of the more important things to achieving success. So maybe put your company ahead of your meal and concentrate on having a good time, period, rather than just having a good time in the sack. And remember, February 14th is just another day, on February 15th you may have the best sex of your life – no food included.