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The Food of Love: 6 Ways to Eat Your Way to a Better Love Life

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who believe that consuming powdered rhinoceros horn will improve their sexual performance, and those who don’t.

For centuries, myths about aphrodisiacs – substances that increase sexual drive – have been deeply rooted in countless cultures around the world. The food of love may actually help you. 

A relationship coach and editor of Loveawake dating site  by the name of Alex Wise shared few of his edible favorites. His list seems pretty cool

Avocado

Virgin women in the Aztec empire weren’t allowed to leave the home during avocado harvest days due to the vegetable’s tremendous erotic power.

In Spain, Catholic priests banned avocados for being overtly sexual (think about the way they hang on trees).

Popular vegetable folklore insists that buying an avocado in public was once slanderous to one’s reputation.

Why the fuss? Avocados contain Vitamin E (known in some circles as the “sex vitamin”), vitamin B6, potassium (important for producing sex hormones) and folate (which helps blood circulation).

Cheese

Casanova, womanizer extraordinaire of the 18th-century, swore by Stilton cheese for sexual potency. And he may have been onto something: some cheeses carry as much as 10 times the amount of phenylethylamine – the “feel-good” chemical – as chocolate.

In addition, the smell of cheese pizza has been shown to increase blood circulation in men, which facilitates sex. (That said, an excess of calories and fat can cause testosterone levels to fall. )

Figs

Forget apples—some scholars say the “forbidden fruit” in the Garden of Eden was a fig. (After all, both Adam and Eve cover their nakedness with fig leaves right after eating the fruit.)

In addition to being a favorite food of Cleopatra, figs also come with their own urban legends. Rumor has it that there is nothing as irresistible as a naked man eating a fig in front of a woman.

Odd sexual fantasies aside, figs are good for you. They are loaded with fiber, calcium, and potassium. Their amorous appeal, however, might have more to do with the visual than the science.

Honey

Cupid dipped his arrows in honey for a reason. Honey is filled with nitric oxide, a molecule necessary to have sex. Once upon a time, when couples got married, they were encouraged to drink honey to enhance their wedding night experience (hence the term, “honeymoon.”)

Garlic

This edible mood-killer is so sexually threatening that it’s been banned on and off for centuries. And no, it’s not because of offensive breath. Garlic has—go figure—amorous side effects.

The Talmud (a central text of the Jewish faith) claimed that garlic promoted passion and fertility. Garlic has been banned by celibate monks of several Eastern religions, including Buddhism. (Ancient Egyptians took the opposite approach—they put entire cloves in their tombs. Why lead a celibate afterlife?)

Here’s the science: garlic contains allicin, which helps increase blood flow and circulation.

Garlic comes with other benefits as well. Remember the old New York proverb: “A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat.”

Stink Flesh

That’s right. Nothing says sexy like an African lizard. Detach the nose and feet, soak them in wine and rocket seed, and become as irresistible as Ancient Greece’s own Pliny the Elder, who first championed the recipe.

The Blister Beetle

Bet you didn’t see this one coming. But genuine dung extract from this emerald-green Spanish fly could help you on a date. Yes, canthardin (the secretion) is an irritant and might be toxic, but what’s that to stop true love? The Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) was a big fan of blister beetles. (Although he was later sentenced to death for poisoning prostitutes.)

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