We’ve all heard that certain foods will heighten sexual desire. So I wanted to know—Are aphrodisiacs myth or miracle? Do they set one’s libido into overdrive or are they just folklore?
Since I wasn’t sure, I decided to do my own experiment. Over the last several weeks, I asked a few people to eat some of the most common foods touted as aphrodisiacs. Of course, this was not some scientific experiment, since it wasn’t a random study of thousands or even a blind study. It was a handful of women…well, with the help of our hubbies, but they really didn’t mind. In fact, my husband offered to run to the store to pick up all the foods on my list.
We tried bananas, walnuts, almonds, avocados, honey, chocolates, asparagus, oysters, black licorice, strawberries, and watermelon. I didn’t eat any oysters. I’m allergic to seafood, so an evening in an emergency room being attended to by a physician would not heighten my libido, well unless the physician was male, had Jason Statham’s abs, and attended me without a shirt. After our experiment, we came to several conclusions. Aphrodisiacs don’t have to be consumed in large quantities or even necessarily eaten. And sometimes just the suggestion that a food can cause you to feel lusty might do the trick, while incorporating aphrodisiacs into the bedroom might be more fun than just eating them!
Here are our top five aphrodisiacs and suggestions for how to use them to increase sexual pleasure.
Bananas: This fruit, rich in potassium, ended up high on the list. It’s one of those aphrodisiacs that we concluded didn’t necessarily need to be ingested to increase sexual desire. Just eating it provocatively in front of a male partner may do the trick. Peel it slowly, lick the tip, swirl your tongue about it, and draw your lips slowly, very slowly, down the shaft while your partner watches. Kiss, nibble, but don’t bite, or you might just deflate your partner’s, shall we say, expectations. Then toss that phallic shaped fruit aside and have at your partner.
Honey: The nectar of Aphrodite. What’s not to like, it’s sweet with a nice texture and a wonderful scent. It’s rumored to have an affect on testosterone levels. It’s also a wonderful addition to the bedroom. Drizzle it on yourself and your partner. If you’ve got a tub that accommodates two, try it in there. One participant said it worked best when she dipped her finger in it and applied it to… well, I’ll just let you guess what she said, while her partner watched. Another said she and her partner applied it to each other, then they removed it with their tongues. The consensus was honey is a sweet aphrodisiac to incorporate into sex.
Walnuts: Rich in protein, high in potassium, iron, and zinc, are noted for getting the blood flowing, and we all know that’s important during sex. We really didn’t notice any heightened need to dash to the bed and tear our partner’s clothes off. Nevertheless, we put it on the list because they taste great and the shape of an unshelled walnut might lead one to whisper sweet nothings into a male partner’s ear that might get both his and your imagination revved up. Something like—I love walnuts. I like to lick them. Put them in my mouth. You get the idea, right?
Avocado: High in vitamin C, K, and potassium. Several of the women put avocado on their list of top five. Personally, I’m not too fond of avocado, so I had a different idea. Strip naked, lie in bed, and place several slices of avocado provocatively on your body. While waiting for your partner to enter the room I’m telling you, you will feel heightened anticipation, and when your partner sees you, they’ll get a rush too. And if they enjoy avocado, they’ll get the nutritional benefits as well.
Chocolate: None of us had any trouble indulging in chocolate. I don’t know many people who aren’t admirers of this rich, creamy delight. This item, easily, was the group’s favorite to eat. We wouldn’t say we had an increased lust for sex, but it just made us happy to indulge freely in something that we might normally eat in smaller quantities. It might also be we were on a sugar high, but we did find we were anxious to engage in sex. One participant said it was because they needed to work off the extra calories.
Our conclusion: We really didn’t notice that any of these foods were akin to Spanish Fly. But as far as experiments go, this was a lot of fun!
So what do you think? Do you believe in the power of aphrodisiacs? Or do you have some aphrodisiacs to add to the list? How about oysters? Our limited group of women didn’t rate oysters high on our list. However, I read that for men, it’s the shape of an oyster in the half shell that really turns men on? Any of you men willing to let us in on the male take on this? And if you have some suggestions for adding food to your bedroom repertoire, please share!