Looking for Love? 12 Foods to Put You in the Mood

Try these seductive edible aphrodisiac foods to win over the object of your affection

  • Caviar appears to have qualities that nourish and enhance nerve cells, which can heighten our romantic feelings. Caviar's powers are reinforced with the addition of vodka, so indulge both passions at the same time and watch out for fireworks.
  • A recent study showed that mussels, clams and oysters contain compounds that have been shown to release sexual hormones such as testosterone and estrogen.
  • Figs not only have an erotic look, they have long been a symbol of fertility and love.
  • Truffles contain a chemical that is similar to the male pig sex hormone. Now you know why they use sows to search out truffles: the scent drives the girls wild. The chemical in truffles is also similar to a human male sex hormone, which gives truffles their romantic reputation. It doesn't hurt that truffles are also expensive and hard to find.
  • Chocolate contains mild central nervous system stimulants that help heighten mood. According to legend, Montezuma drank 50 cups of chocolate every day to boost his virility before visiting his harem of 600 women. Unless you have your own personal harem, I wouldn't advise that amount of chocolate; a small amount of really good chocolate should set the mood just as easily.
  • According to a 17-century herbalist, asparagus "stirs up lust in man and woman."
  • Coffee drinkers reportedly are more sexually active than non-coffee drinkers.
  • Radishes worked for the ancient Egyptians.
  • The heat in garlic supposedly fires the flames of passion. Just don't forget the breath mints!
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