There’s a very good reason most dates start with dinner before they lead to the bedroom – food is an aphrodisiac. While scarfing down some McDonald’s cheeseburgers likely won’t create a stirring in the loins, there are many different foods that can inspire an erotic response. Oysters, chocolate and strawberries are commonly regarded as aphrodisiacs, but they are not the only items on the menu for those looking to get in the mood.
Go ahead and order that salad
Ordering “just a salad” may have a stigma all on its own, but leafy greens like spinach and bok choy are actually great for date night. They contain high levels of magnesium, which can improve blood flow and create greater arousal in both men and women, according to Men’s Health. Adding hot chilies to a meal can be another way to get the blood pumping. These spicy veggies contain a substance called capsaicin, which stimulates nerve endings, releases endorphins and makes your heart race. Other vegetables that get your motor running include soybeans, turnips, onions, parsley, beans, leeks, asparagus, avocado and even garlic. Vitamin E found in Asparagus and avocado stimulates the production of hormones and increase sexual responses, Cosmopolitan states.
Fun with fruit
While strawberries are the fruit of choice in most cheesy romance novels, they aren’t the only fruit that can serve up some tasty side effects. Vitamin C found in most fruits can help strengthen one’s libido, but this is not the only advantage to be gained from eating fruit.
Bananas can help make the female orgasm more intense, as the potassium will help with muscle strength. Combine that with pleasure condoms and a lady is sure to be satisfied. For men, watermelon can be a perfect snack of choice. These melons contain many nutrients including citrulline, which the body turns into amino acid arginine. “Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagara has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it,” Bhimu Patil, the director of Texas A&M’s Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center, told Men’s Health.
Unexpected food to get in the mood
Oatmeal is usually not associated with sex, but downing a bowl before getting busy can help a man last longer in the sack. Oats contain arginine, the same amino acid found in watermelon. Plus, whole grains provide loads of energy and the complex carbohydrates take the body a while to burn off, so the energy is sustainable, Men’s Health reports. Pumpkins seeds, beans and other whole grains will warrant similar results.
Zinc it up
Oysters are not for everyone, but thankfully there are alternative sources of the aphrodisiac qualities found in the shellfish. While oysters have extremely high levels of zinc, other foods like red meat, pumpkin seeds, shrimp and eggs also offer healthy doses of this nutrient. Zinc is known to stimulate the production of testosterone in men, and when this increases, so does their carnal desire. Zinc also improves blood flow and inspires healthier sperm production.
Some couples may choose to experiment with food in the bedroom, but enjoying a meal rich in aphrodisiacs before getting busy does the trick as well. Couples who want to add a little flavor to their bedroom activities can try flavored condoms. After a good meal, this can make the experience all the more stimulating.