You could eat anything on Valentine’s Day, but if you want to put your S.O. in a more romantic mood, some foods are thought to do the trick more than others. Science hasn’t yet proven that certain foods actually kindle desire, but people have believed in the power of aphrodisiac foods since the days of the ancient Greeks.
What science does make clear? Some foods increase blood flow and enhance moods, and those have long been used as aphrodisiacs. And one thing’s for sure, the mind is the most powerful aphrodisiac, so if you believe in the romance-inducing qualities of these foods, they’re more likely to deliver results.
- Chocolate - It’s a quick source of energy and eating it makes some feel happier and in a better mood, which has to be good for romance, right? Pair dark chocolate with red wine for a sensuous treat.
- Figs - This fruit has long been a symbol of love and fertility and breaking open a fig with your bare hands and eating it in front of your lover is considered a powerful erotic act.
- Truffles - Not the chocolate ones, but the musky scent of the rarest of the fungi family, which some say can stimulate us and make our skin more sensitive to touch.
- Arugula - You probably weren’t expecting salad greens to be on this list, but arugula is actually one of the first foods ever documented as an aphrodisiac, way back in the first century A.D.
- Garlic - Instead of avoiding it for fear of bad breath, maybe we should be embracing garlic as it was used for centuries as an aphrodisiac by Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Japanese. It helps with digestion and increases blood flow, plus it’s absolutely delicious.
- Grapes - Think of all those romantic depictions throughout history of people feeding a lover one grape at a time, even peeling the skin off to show they really care.
- Oysters - They’re high in zinc and vitamin B12, which can boost metabolism and give you energy.