food and sex

Aphrodisiacs You Can Eat!

As long as we’ve been around, humankind has concocted ways to improve their sex lives. One of the more unusual methods has been the use of aphrodisiacs. From rhino’s horn to cobra blood to steeped skink flesh, cultures around the world have tried various potions and strange brews in hopes of stirring their loins into a frenzied passion. In reality, much of the success of aphrodisiacs comes from the power of suggestion, as there is little medical evidence to prove their effectiveness.

Despite this, there are foods that you can consume that will not only make you healthier, but may also improve the body systems in charge of your sex life! To help you sort out the quackery from the truth, I’ve researched popular aphrodisiacs around the world. The list below is made up of foods that have been shown to improve sexual health and well-being. Read up, dine, and enjoy!


Chocolate – Sweet, decadent, and velvety, chocolate contains phenethylamine, a stimulant released in the brain as we fall in love. Chocolate also contains and tryptophan, which helps to produce serotonin, a brain chemical associated with sexual arousal. Furthermore, chocolate has been shown to spike the levels of dopamine in the brain, which induces feelings of pleasure.

Pomegranates – Often associated with fertility, pomegranates have been found to increase testosterone in both men and women. And more testosterone equals increased sexual desire. The ruby-red fruit has also been shown to help with erectile dysfunction.

Beets – Long been considered an aphrodisiac in many cultures, beets are a natural source of tryptophan and betaine. Both of these chemicals promote feelings of well-being and relaxation. Beets also contain high amounts of boron, a trace mineral that increases the level of sex hormones in the human body.

Honey – A symbol of fertility and procreation in some cultures, honey contains boron, which may regulate hormone levels, The sweet syrup also contains nitric oxide, which is released in the blood during arousal.

Oysters – The aphrodisiac of the sea, oysters contain amino acids that trigger production of sex hormones. Oysters also contain tons of zinc, which can help increase a man’s sperm count.

Chili Peppers – The red-hot peppers stimulate endorphins (the brain’s feel good chemicals), speed up heart rate and make you sweat, which all mimic how you feel when you’re aroused.

Bananas – The phallic-shaped fruit triggers testosterone production, and more testosterone equals increased sexual desire.

Watermelon – Juicy and sweet, watermelon is packed full of lycopene, which has been shown to have a Viagra-like effect, as it relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation.

Olives and Olive Oil – A symbol of virility for the Greeks, olives and their oil are a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are critical for a healthy heart, blood flow and hormone production.

Strawberries – The red, heart-shaped fruits are packed full of vitamin C, which helps keep blood flowing to all parts of the body. Double their sexy powers by dipping them in chocolate!

Alcohol – In moderation, alcohol can put you in the mood, as it lowers your inhibitions and helps you to relax. But go easy on the booze! Too much alcohol can restrict sexual performance in both males and females.

Pumpkin Pie – Believe it or not, this Thanksgiving staple has been shown to be an effective aphrodisiac. The scent of the pie has been shown to increase penile blood flow by 40% and to increase sexual desire in women!

Just a Taste… By Medusa

Aphrodite, the ancient Greek god of sexual love and beauty, introduced the concept of aphrodisiacs to help enhance our desire, excitement, stamina, and performance. Aphrodisiacs work via our senses, including sight, smell, touch, sound, and taste. Finding which sense is most enticing gives you a chance to further explore your sexuality and create more fulfilling and bold sexual experiences. And, I’ve discovered my favorite type of aphrodisiac…

I’m something of a foodophile. I feel sexually aroused by consuming or being in contact with food… not junk food, but fresh, beautiful, healthy food! And, no I’m not humping asparagus or pineapples. Like seeing your main squeeze, I get giddy about food. A tingling, light-headed sensation flows over my body. My skin becomes flushed. My eyes get big. My heart rate increases. Even my nipples become erect! Mmm… Its time to devour this plate of yummy goodness!

I have an affinity for certain foods – seafood, fresh fruits, and spices like cayenne pepper really get me going. The smells lifting from a honey-glazed salmon doused with lemon zest can send me to another place… like laying on the warm sands of my favorite beach with my partner as the sun sets and we inhale the ocean breeze. Biting into a ripe, fuzzy peach, licking the sweet juice dribbling from my lips? This sends me into the sweet memories of my first kiss. Sipping hot chocolate with a dash of cayenne pepper? My body warms up, like the sensation I get from being entangled in a deep, Winter embrace with the one I love.

I guess you could say my love for food and sexual intimacy go hand in hand for me. I’ve noticed that excitement for savory delights follow me into the bedroom. These foods can make me feel energized, alluring, alive…

After realizing these goodies have become profound aphrodisiacs for me, I spoke with my partner to see if we could incorporate a few  food items in bed. He agreed. Enthralled by the opportunity of getting my two loves together in one room without a table, I ran for the kitchen grabbing our favorites. Honey, chocolate syrup, and various fruits were gathered for the adventure. I blindfolded my partner and placed one cold strawberry on his lips. We took turns with the blindfold, placing each treat delicately on each others bodies, licking away the delicious residue they left.

The next morning we were sticky… VERY sticky. The night before had been a dream filled with luscious flavors and my lover. Why did I have to wake up sticky?! One word – sugar. Everything had sugar in it! We stuck to the bed sheets and each other. My fantasy turned into an infants high-chair.

The next day I went into work determined to find alternatives that would be equally as intoxicating, but mush less messy. There, I found a magical land of decadent oils, lubricants, gels, and even honey dust! Overjoyed by the treasure chest of options, I tested as many edibles as possible. Tasting the products that mirrored my favorite flavors and scents, I chose one oil, one lubricant, and one honey dust. Then, I prepared myself for a smooth, sensual, stickiness free evening! Not only was our evening less messy, it was more enjoyable. Using flavored intimate products is much better for your body, more hygienic. Also, the flavoring increase your salivary response, which will increase the natural lubrication you need for all oral pleasures.

One of our most sensually pleasing brands is Kama Sutra. This luxury brand of intimate products supplies a host of edibles – flavored massage oils, candied body dusts, savory and sweet lubes, and rich and creamy body soufflés. Only the gift of love itself could be more intoxicating than these tasty delights.

Another of our sensual menu items? All of the flavored lubes from System Jo… These high-quality, water-based lubricants come in such a huge variety of flavors. You’ll feel like the proverbial kid in a candy store! Chocolate, pomegranate, raspberry, lemon, tropical fruit, cherry, strawberry, banana, cherry… Something for every palate… and every body part.

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