What are various kinds of aprodisiacs or love foods?

Over many centuries, the human race has tried to discover naturally available resources and correlate them to the increase in sexual desire within the partner of an individual. An aphrodisiac is a substance that is believed to poses a prowess of increasing this desire and derives its name from that of the Greek goddess of love 'Aphrodite'. History is littered with a number of references to certain types of food, drink or objects that are reputed to make sex either more attainable or enjoyable. However, it is essential to remember that while a number of objects and food items have developed a reputation as an aphrodisiac, no scientific proof has as yet been established to confirm that belief. A number of well known aphrodisiacs like bananas and oysters are believed to house these powers more as a result of the sexual appeal of their shape and creamy lush texture.

Many different nuts are believed to contain aphrodisiac properties and have been used in 'love potions' and serums over thousands of years. Walnuts used to be used extensively by Romans for fertility while pine nuts were as well regarded in regions of the Mediterranean and the East. Almonds are very commonly used in the production of beauty products for their aromatic properties. The smell of caffeine nuts is commonly believed to excite women; however, studies have shown that this is not the case as caffeine stimulates the body, while not directly affecting the libido. This stimulation of the body is sometimes mistaken for sexual arousal. Chocolate is considered by many to be one of the most well known aphrodisiacs. However, while no scientific proof exists that this is the case, many women have voiced their opinion that they would prefer eating chocolate to having sex! Caviar is known to stimulate the formation of testosterone because of its high zinc content. Puffer fish is regarded to be quite a delicacy in Japan as well as being a potent aphrodisiac. It is essential to remember to remove the poisonous gland during preparation as eating even a seemingly insignificant portion of the fish otherwise is lethal. A number of spices like ginger and nutmeg are also considered to be aphrodisiacs and help significantly with the taste of a meal even if they do not lead to the desired results. Psychologists are of the opinion that aphrodisiacs work on the principle of the placebo effect where, if you expect something to work, chances are that it will.

answered by G M

Aphrodisiac foods are generally categorized or get their name as 'love foods' on the basis of their shape, aroma, or their chemical composition. These foods are thought to cause a sexual anxiety and increase libido in a person (both males and females) after ingestion or after smelling them. More than physical it has strong psychological impacts on a mind of a person which helps to increase his libido. Scientific backups to support all the claims of these aphrodisiac foods are lacking, thus more researches are required in this field.

A list of some of the aphrodisiac or love foods include avocado, asparagus, aniseeds, almonds, asafetida, basil, broccoli, bananas, chocolate, coffee, cilantro, carrots, figs, ginger, garlic, ginseng, honey, nutmeg, mustard, oysters, licorice root, papaya, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, and wine. All these foods have a different effect on the body and are believed to increase the libido of a person. Besides foods there are certain scents which can evoke romantic desires in a person, these include lavender, rose scent, smell of cheese pizza, buttered popcorn or pumpkin pie helps in stimulation.

answered by S P

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