With Valentine’s day just passed, many people might have been looking for food to make the perfect romantic basket. So when it comes to food that is considered as aphrodisiacs – these are some you can keep in mind the next time you want to spoil the loved ones in your life.
Aphrodisiac foods are associated with libido-boosting and are named after the Aphrodite the Goddess of beauty and love. Some Aphrodisiacs can be as rare as Japanese blowfish, but others can be found easily at your local supermarket.
Let’s start with the ideal Valentine’s Day ingredient. Chocolate is regarded as the king of natural aphrodisiacs because it contains anandamide, a chemical that enhances feeling good and phenylethylamine (PEA), a natural chemical that releases dopamine in the brain. PEA enhances pleasure and feelings of excitement and attraction. The major ingredient of chocolate, cacao, also contains serotonin, another naturally occurring chemical in the brain that enhances a sense of happiness and wellbeing.
Oysters are one of the most famous food types to be associated with desire and sexual attraction. This is because of the high levels of zinc that oysters contain. Zinc helps improve the libido and encourages sperm production.
Time to spice things up. According to popular belief, hot chillies help stimulate the sensitive nerve endings on the tongue, resulting in the release of sex drive-boosting chemicals. Chilli peppers are also known to stimulate endorphins in the brain. These are chemicals in your brain that help you feel good. Chilli peppers also increase the heart rate and make you sweat, all copying how you feel when you are aroused.
In the past, an alcoholic drink called ‘mead’ made from honey was given to the bride and groom on their wedding night to help them feel more romantic. The name ‘honeymoon’ originates from this alcoholic drink laced with honey. Honey contains boron, which helps regulate the oestrogen and testosterone levels in men and women and also provide a great, natural energy boost.
Valentine’s Day recipe: chocolate mousse
This recipe Serves 2-4 people
- 200g of a good quality dark chocolate
- 50g of white sugar
- 250ml of cream
- Pinch of salt
- 2 extra large egg whites
- 10ml of brandy (optional)
- Break up the chocolate into small pieces and add the cream.
- Melt mixture over low heat.
- Whip up the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form soft peaks and then gradually beat in the sugar
- Fold the egg mixture into the melted chocolate and add Brandy if desired
- Spoon the chocolate mixture into individual glass serving bowls and chill for two hours until firm
- Serve with cream, some raspberries and grated chocolate
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