Food to Get You in the Mood
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The Truth About Aphrodisiacs1 of 8
Both old wives and our girlfriends have told us tales of presumably passion-inducing edibles. But we want to know the expert opinion on what foods are really supposed to rev our engines before we try them out on date night. —Glo
Truth: Oysters2 of 8
By Woman's Day
Will a dozen on the half-shell really do anything for your sex drive? Jessica Baye, a registered dietician, says, “Oysters contain high levels of zinc which stimulate testosterone, an essential sex drive hormone.”
Myth: Avocados3 of 8
Folklore has long associated avocados with an improved libido. Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., says, “There is nothing suggesting that avocados can do much for your sex drive.”
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Truth: Chocolate4 of 8
“Chocolate has a multitude of qualities that put it in the category of aphrodisiac,” says Baye. Experts believe that a little now and then can’t hurt, and may even help, your sex drive.
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Myth: Pumpkin Seeds5 of 8
The idea of eating a few pumpkin seeds, which are a healthy source of magnesium and iron, and feeling “in the mood” shortly after sounds too good to be true. “There’s no science behind this," Schwartz says.
Truth: Chile Peppers6 of 8
“Spicy foods, like hot chile peppers, get your blood flowing," Schwartz says. "And increased blood flow is an arousal mechanism."
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Truth: Champagne7 of 8
Alcohol gives you a buzz, but usually leaves you with a lack of the blood flow needed for arousal. Yet, “Champagne is the perfect arousal drink ... you don’t have to drink as much and you feel the effects a lot faster," says Schwartz.
Myth: Almonds8 of 8
According to folklore, the scent of almonds makes women amorous. But this one’s better off in fairytale land, says Dolores Kent, a gynecologist and cosmetic surgeon in Los Angeles.
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