Food for Lovers

 Are you needing some last minute help deciding what to make for your Sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? What about some food to help set the mood? The connection between food and love/attraction isn’t hard to see, but around Valentine’s Day, interest in food aphrodisiacs becomes more prevalent.   Of course, there’s no guarantee that cooking with aphrodisiacs for your Valentine’s Day dinner will lead to a romantic evening.

The food you consume can have a direct impact on your romance, affecting your hormones, brain chemistry and energy and stress levels. Some foods have psychoactive properties and physiological effects.  And if your food fails to produce an aphrodisiac effect, at least you can choose food that is healthy for you!

After looking around at different articles, I found some of the top acclaimed aphrodisiac foods:

Oysters:

Oysters are probably the most famous so-called aphrodisiac food, and they are great paired with a glass of chilled champagne. Oysters are great sources of protein and zinc.

Chocolate:

Pure chocolate, the king of natural aphrodisiacs, contains a host of compounds to help you feel happy. It also contains tryptophan, known to promote relaxation.

Almonds:

In ancient times, almonds were regarded as fertility symbols. Almonds provide high doses of vitamin E, magnesium and even fiber.

Honey:

Honey is a great source of boron, a trace mineral that helps the body use and metabolize estrogen. In addition, honey contains B vitamins needed for testosterone, as well as other nutrients, enzymes and phytochemicals.

Cheese? Yes Cheese!

Like cocoa, cheese contains phenyl ethylamine (PEA), one of the ingredients that give chocolate its aphrodisiac reputation. However, some cheeses are reported to contain more than ten times as much PEA as is found in chocolate. Add a glass of wine with a variety of cheeses and you have quite the combo!

So whether these treats have the magical, mood-enhancing properties or not, it is true that certain foods boost the immune system and are full of vitamins and minerals that enhance our physical well-being and good looks!

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