Eat something sexy: Aphrodisiac foods

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you’re clueless when it comes to what’s on the menu for the big date. Should you go fancy? Takeout? Maybe even a picnic at home? The pressure is on, and you could sure use some help.

Many cultures believe in aphrodisiac foods; foods known to increase sexual libido and stabilize moods. With the upcoming holiday, it couldn’t hurt to check out some of these foods, right?

Chili Peppers

These peppers stimulate endorphins (the brain’s feel-good chemicals), speed up your heart rate and make you sweat, which mimics how you feel when you are excited or aroused.


This fruit’s high level of vitamin E can help to keep the spark alive because of its role in maintaining energy levels.


Everyone’s favorite – and a Valentine’s Day staple. Dark chocolate has been shown to increase dopamine levels, inducing feelings of pleasure.


A notorious aphrodisiac. Oysters contain zinc, which cranks up the production of testosterone.

Chai Tea

Skip the coffee after dinner and switch to some tea instead. Spices in chai tea–ginger, cloves and cinnamon–will get the blood flowing, but the caffeine effect is less, allowing you to drift off after your meal.


Bananas contain bromelain, an enzyme that triggers testosterone production. The fruit’s potassium and vitamin B levels also boost energy.

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