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Fanning the Flames of Romance with Food!

Updated: Feb 13

Spice Up Your Love Life with Aphrodisiac Foods

With love and romance high on the agenda this week, a trip to your local grocery shop could be the recipe for love you are looking for! While an active lifestyle, nutritious diet, and self-confidence are the best routes to feeling sexy, there are a few good foods that can give you the extra edge in the bedroom department!

Aphrodisiac Foods Through the Ages

Since ancient times, men and women all over the world have been wolfing down copious amounts of aphrodisiac foods in the hope to boost their libido and enhance fertility. Named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, aphrodisiacs were originally used to cure impotency and infertility. However, many well-known aphrodisiac foods, such as oysters, asparagus, avocados, and nuts, gained their reputation because of their nutrient content rather than any physiological effect they may have on the male or female sex organs.

The Science Behind the Sensation

For men, zinc is vital to the prostate gland, a male reproductive organ whose main function is to secrete prostate fluid, one of the components of semen. Zinc deficiency is commonly associated with prostate enlargement, and a diet rich in zinc may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Zinc is very much associated with protein foods such as beef, lamb, pumpkin seeds, poultry, and seafood. Dark chocolate and cocoa are also heart-friendly treats, supporting the circulatory system due to their powerful antioxidant content. Any food that enhances blood flow deserves its place on our Valentine's menu...wink, wink.

Fruits, Veggies, and More

Frisky fruits like pineapples, pomegranates, raspberries, and strawberries are rich in vitamin C, essential for building collagen, a structural component of all tissues. Bananas and asparagus are rich in potassium and B vitamins, vital for energy and stamina. Vitamin E and essential fatty acids found in almonds, pumpkin seeds, avocados, sunflower seeds, and olives are crucial to hormone production and healthy circulation. Be creative with these colourful ingredients and include them in your menu for diversity and excitement.

Tea Time for Two

Forget the Malbec, as the secret to a hotter nightlife starts with a hot cup of tea. Green tea is rich in compounds called catechins, which can boost desire by promoting blood flow to your nether regions. Catechins kill off free radicals that damage and inflame blood vessels, increasing their ability to transport blood.

A Fun and Flirty Finale

Whether it's indulging in some zinc-rich oysters, savoring dark chocolate, or sharing a cup of green tea with your partner, incorporating these aphrodisiac foods into your diet can add a touch of excitement to your love life. So, why not turn up the heat in the kitchen and cook up some real passion for your significant other? After all, as they say, the way to one's heart is through the stomach—so grab a spoon, stir up some love, and enjoy the delicious journey together!

Happy Valentine's Day, folks x

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