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Just in time for that dinner date at your place? Check out some of the foods which are sure to get your pulse racing

Throughout history, certain foods have been feted as ‘foods of love’ for their aphrodisiac qualities. Sometimes it has nothing to do with nutrients, but rather their suggestive shapes, sensual feel in the mouth, and arousing aromas. Let’s take some time to up our mojos by celebrating some of these classic foods of love

Strawberries

Strawberries are red and have a natural heart-shape. What says love more than that, really? In ancient Rome, strawberries were associated with Venus, the goddess of love, and the large number of tiny seeds was a symbol of fertility. Newlyweds in France were traditionally served with cold strawberry soup prior to their honeymoon. While they don’t directly increase libido, strawberries have high concentrations of vitamin C, potassium, and folic acid, which are essential in promoting good health and giving your body the energy for hanky panky. There is a lot you can do with strawberries, including playing with them during foreplay. Dip them in chocolate and feed them to each other with your fingers. Bon appetite!

Chocolate

Speaking of chocolate, the Aztecs referred to chocolate as the ‘food of the gods’ and revere it for its aphrodisiac qualities. The emperor Montezuma is rumored to have consumed cocoa beans in copious amounts to fuel his romantic trysts. The sensuality of chocolate melting on the tongue is undeniable. But there is also a scientific explanation for chocolates famed aphrodisiac qualities. Chocolate contains compounds that elevate the heart rate and dilates the blood vessels in the same way as sexual arousal. It also contains a special compound, phenylethylamine, which the body generates naturally when you are in love, giving feelings of attraction, excitement, and giddiness.

Scientists argue that the level of these compounds is not enough to have a considerable sexual effect. However, anecdotal evidence begs to disagree. Women who eat chocolate regularly report feelings sexier. Research has also shown that regular consumption of chocolate causes reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases and mood disorders. So enjoy some chocolate with your partner in bed. Remember, the darker the better.

Oysters

With a shape suggestive of female genitalia, oysters are one of nature’s top aphrodisiacs. The notorious 18th-century lover, Giacomo Casanova, is said to have popped 50 raw oysters daily to increase his sexual stamina. For a long time, scientists expressed skepticism about the amorous benefits of indulging on the slippery sea creatures. Scientists discovered that certain amino acids found in oysters promoted the production of testosterone in men. The production of those hormones naturally increases libido, so yes, oysters are aphrodisiacs. Oysters are also loaded with zinc, a nutrient which promotes healthy sperm. To get the greatest benefit from oysters, eat them raw. If they worked for Casanova, they might just work for you.

Honey

Honeymoon. Ring a bell? Well, in ancient times, honey enjoyed an association with the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sexual ripeness. In some cultures, newlyweds were offered a honey concoction, which they were to drink until the first moon of their marriage, hence the term ‘honeymoon’. Deliciously sweet, sticky, viscous, and golden in color, honey has always enjoyed a place of honor as a seductive food. According to the Kama Sutra, honey heightens orgasm. Other than its sticky deliciousness which lovers can play with, honey has no other clear connection to sensuality. It is packed with amino acids and vitamin B which promote good health and as a sugar, it provides energy, which comes in handy for that night of passion.

Pomegranates

Some say that the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden was not an apple, but a pomegranate. The Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, is credited with planting the first pomegranate fruit. Because of its abundance of seeds, the pomegranate is associated with fertility in many cultures. The luscious fruit appears as a romantic symbol in many poems, literature and other art forms dating back centuries. A study by the Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh in 2011 showed that drinking pomegranate juice daily lowers cortisol levels, which corresponds with an increase in libido. Pomegranate is also feted as superfood full of antioxidants which fight cancer-causing free radicals, ward off diseases and aid in blood circulation. If that is not enough to convince you, then you might be delighted to know that pomegranate can also help with losing belly fat, too.

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