Got a low sex drive? Love eating? Good news for all you hungry and wannabe ~thirsty~ betches out there, because there’s a ton of food you can eat that will turn you on. Yeah, chocolate-covered strawberries with whipped cream are one of the most commonly known aphrodisiacs, and they’re definitely f*cking delicious, but they aren’t necessarily *healthy*. Here are seven foods that will both increase your sex drive AND nourish your body (win-win).
Certain nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pistachios are high in L-arginine and Vitamin E. Both of these nutrients promote healthy hearts, improved blood circulation, and better sexual health–all of the things that help to boost your libido! Next time you go to grab a bag of Cheetos or pretzels when you need a snack, grab some nuts instead. No pun intended.
Sweeten up your sex life with some honey! Honey is loaded with nutrients, including nitric oxide and boron, which helps to regulate sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Honey will also optimize blood flow, give you a boost of energy (thanks to its natural sugar content), AND taste good. SUPPORT THE BEES AND ORGASMS. New petition?
3. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate = happiness. Like, eating it triggers the production of endorphins and serotonin, which are literally the things that make you happy. Not shocking. What IS shocking is that the phenylethylamine in dark chocolate actually stimulates the same exact hormones that your body releases during sex. I mean, we all know the saying: the darker the chocolate you eat, the more you want to have sex. JK, I made that up. But for real, chocolate is a “love drug,” and dark chocolate has a lot of health benefits. It’s a no-brainer. Now go get some dark chocolate covered almonds.
FUN FACT! Did you know that the word “avocado” came from the Aztec word for “testicle”? Yup, because of the way the fruit hangs from the tree…like balls. LOL. Anyway, avocados are delicious and nutritious…and sexy. They’re fatty, they’ve got fiber, and they pack a bunch of vitamins that help boost the production of testosterone to get you or your partner going.
Not a fan of sweets? Spice it up instead! Thanks to the capsaicin found within it, eating a chili pepper makes you sweat, plumps up your lips, stimulates certain nerve endings on your tongue, speeds up your heart rate, and possibly even flushes your cheeks. It basically simulates what happens to your body when you’re aroused.
FUN FACT #2! Basil is one of the most erotic fragrances. Back in the day, women used to rub it on their skin to attract partners (I prefer to use my mediocre looks and awkward personality to lure in my victims, but to each their own). The Romans also considered basil a sacred plant and symbol of love. If you don’t like the taste of it, then swap out your go-to perfume for some basil essential oil to boost everyone’s sex drive!
Besides the whole mercury contamination thing, tuna is a decently healthy fish to eat. Anddd it can make you want to have sex, so it also has that going for it. Tuna contains omega-3 fatty acids that release happy-inducing hormones like dopamine in the brain. Now go prepare a sexy date night meal for your boo to get you both in the mood: pesto-rubbed tuna with a side of sauteed spinach for dinner with dark chocolate and ~nuts~ for dessert. Pun intended.
So, there you have it. Seven foods that you probably already love, but maybe didn’t know can have major aphrodisiac properties. Let me know in the comments if you have fun ideas of how to use these foods to turn your love life up a notch!
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Aphrodisiacs are known as “love drugs.” But let’s get things straight. Aphrodisiacs are no miracle workers. Your legs won’t part like Moses did the Red Sea or like Monica’s when she sees a new pair of yellow rubber gloves just because you sniffed one oyster. If you need an automatic turn-me-on to get you to pound town, maybe get a vibrator or talk to your doctor. With that being said, research has shown that certain foods can increase your libido, and if you need proof, re-watch Nate and Serena getting it on with the help of strawberries and whipped cream (Gossip Girl, season 3, episode 14, minute 2:43). We all know that oysters, strawberries, chocolate, and whipped cream are considered to be “sexy foods” but here is a list of less common aphrodisiacs.
1. Chili Peppers
Your body reacts to spicy foods in a similar way to the way it does when you’re turned on. Sex, exercise, and chili peppers all stimulate endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that provide you with a euphoric high (and reduce the chances of you shooting your husband). Chili peppers also escalate your heart rate and get you sweating—sound familiar? Eat some chili peppers and your body will think you just got it on and will be ready for round two.
Like Beyoncé, this one needs no introduction. If anyone is able to eat a banana without looking like a deep throating pro, please let me know. Apart from their phallic shape, bananas contain bromelain, an enzyme which causes testosterone production, and vitamin B, which increases energy. You + your partner + bananas = more testosterone = the hornier you both are. Now that’s some math I can enjoy.
Since honey is made from pollination (remember the birds and the bees?) it is a symbol of procreation. Remember this, boys who only have the energy to last two pumps: it is a natural energy booster so you can last longer. But most importantly, honey contains boron, which helps to regulate estrogen and testosterone. According to statistics, these hormones and your sex drive have an inverse relationship, meaning when one increases, the other decreases. So, the higher these hormones are, the more down for the D you are. (And you thought you’d never use your statistic knowledge from college again.)
Coffee provides you with the much-needed energy boost to keep up with your partner and increases your heart rate and blood flow. The more blood flow to your nether regions means a more pleasurable experience for you. So if anyone can hook me up with a Starbucks sponsor, that would be greatly appreciated.
5. Pistachio Nuts
These nuts have been found to help men with
their nuts erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow. If you’ve ever been with a guy who has an inability to hold an erection on the high holy days difficulty keeping it up, try bringing pistachio ice cream into the bedroom (while role playing Serena and Nate’s kitchen sex scene? Just a suggestion). You’ll help “build him up” without tearing down his ego. Although the study this research is based on was fairly small and the conclusions are not very strong, if you’ve ever been with a guy who’s had trouble getting it up, anything is worth a shot, trust me.