This Valentine’s Day try these aphrodisiac foods with your partner and see if they will work wonders.
Just in case you want to take things up a notch or five with your significant other in celebration of the day, Mediterranean Delicacies’ in-house chef, Brian Gomes, has put together his sublime list of foods known for their aphrodisiac qualities. Although you may be spoilt for choice when it comes to the food of love, Gomes shares his top 7 favourite foods:
- Pine Nuts
Delicate tasting with a high protein count, pine nuts are known as a versatile food – from adding that extra delicious edge to a soup, this buttery flavoured food works well in salads too. Their reputation comes a long way. In fact, in medieval times they were known to take the libido to the next few levels. They are high in zinc, which according to tests conducted by ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, has been shown to contribute to sexual competency among males by boosting testosterone levels in the body.
Poms are full of antioxidants, which are important to decrease inflammation and plaque from building in your arteries, and help deliver more blood flow to all areas for your body, including your genitals.
Bananas already look like a feel-good food. Did you know they also contain bromelain, an enzyme which triggers testosterone production, and the fruit’s potassium and vitamin B elevate energy levels.
- Red Jalapéno Chillies
Capsaicin, the key ingredient that makes chillies hot, increases the heat in other areas too. This feisty component has many hidden charms such as the release of chemicals that can raise your heart rate and trigger those natural happy chemicals called endorphins, making you feel good whilst boosting your libido. These babies are perfect in salads or even as a pizza topping to add some zing to your meal.
- Smoked Salmon
Did you know that salmon’s high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids provide the building for production of the female hormones oestrogen and the male testosterone and progesterone. And while these fatty acids help your heart health, they also happily contribute to helping your libido too.
- Avocado Humus
Besides being a delicious addition to snack platters, avocados contain high levels of folic acid which helps metabolise protein, B6 and potassium. If you are wondering how this may serve you (and your love life), this translates to increasing male hormone production and regulating thyroid glands, two elements that increase libido in both men and women, according to soulmatefood.com.
- Basil Pesto
Aromatic basil is associated with arousal and has long been used by the fairer sex to attract men. The herb also boosts circulation and protects the heart, which helps to increase libido.
Basil Pesto is a suitable ingredient to use when grilling fish or meat, or even as part of a salad dressing.
“Food plays a central role in all of our interactions,” says the Mediterranean Delicacies chef. “And when it comes to the month of love, using these 9 ideas is a sure way to spice up your meal and enjoy an unforgettable celebration of your love.”
SOURCE: TALKING POINT COMMUNICATIONS