Eating is one of the greatest pleasures of life for many of us. Eating is in many cases a fun act, extremely pleasant and that undoubtedly stimulates the senses. It is not uncommon, therefore, that in many occasions food has been linked to sexual desire and that an aphrodisiac capacity is attributed to some foods capable of putting us in tune.
However, however pleasant it may sound, we already know that not all myths related to food are true and that in many cases the scientific evidence cannot confirm those myths or directly belies them. Therefore, let’s see what scientific research says about aphrodisiac foods.
There are or not aphrodisiac foods
Among the foods that we commonly consider aphrodisiacs are some such as oysters, chocolate, or honey, among others. A fairly recent investigation conducted a review of many of these foods and existing research on their aphrodisiac abilities. The conclusions are most interesting.
Chocolate is one of the foods that most of the aphrodisiacs of fame have always had. Probably because cocoa contains certain elements that could be related to the elevation of serotonin levels. Among these elements are tyramine, biogenic amines, phenylethylamine and fatty acids. However, there is no evidence that chocolate has these properties or that, therefore, it can do something for our sexual desire.
Another food to which more aphrodisiac properties have historically been attributed. There is no romantic dinner worth its salt that does not contain oysters. It is rumored that they increase sexual desire, but also vigor because they contain zinc and serotonin. However, science has come to destroy our illusions since there is no scientific evidence that leads us to think that this is something more than a myth. In any case, oysters are a delicacy and what better occasion than a romantic dinner to give us this whim.
Honey are attributed numerous benefits, among which some find as care of the throat and vocal cords. But not only that, also certain aphrodisiac properties are attributed to it. The honeymoon is still being talked about and, according to the researchers; it is because it was believed that this food brought romance to married couples.
It is not surprising, therefore, that for a long time properties have been attributed to it that increased sexual desire. However, according to the review, there is no evidence that stimulates this desire in men or women. What is known is that a variety of honey known as “mad honey” is sold as an aphrodisiac especially and what can actually be dangerous, as it contains a substance that can cause hypotension, bradycardia, syncope, among other things.
Ginseng, cinnamon, roots and other spices
Many spices and roots, especially cinnamon, have a great reputation for increasing sexual desire and getting us in tune. Some research has found a certain “aphrodisiac potential”, however, even in those cases it is clear that the results are not definitive and that it would take much more research to confirm these results. Or what is the same do not exist – for the moment – evidence that consuming these species will raise the libido.
Other “aphrodisiac” substances
In addition to these foods, there are powders such as rhinoceros horn or “Spanish fly” that have been classically considered as activating sexual desire to the point that rhinoceros horns are extremely valued and are one of the reasons for hunting furtive of these animals.
In the case of these horns, their composition is similar to that of our nails or that of the bones of our body and they have the same aphrodisiac capacity as these: absolutely none. However, its consumption is not dangerous for us – although it is for the poor rhinoceroses that it hunts for this.
However, the same cannot be said of the dust of “Spanish fly”. It is a powder that starts from a beetle and that, basically, is a poison that causes the vascular congestion of the sexual organs, besides burning the mouth, causing infections, hemorrhages and even death.
The placebo effect in aphrodisiacs
Although science has not found any effect in our organism that suggests that there are aphrodisiac foods, some of us will have found that after consuming some of the foods mentioned above we were somewhat more “willing”. This could be due to the placebo effect.
In some cases, as in the case of oysters, the food looks similar to that of the sexual organ, so when consumed we can associate it with sexual activity. It would be this fact that would increase sexual arousal.
In other cases, the mere fact that it is culturally considered an aphrodisiac to a food – as in the case of chocolate, shellfish or strawberries with cream – can influence us to perceive it as such and, therefore, we feel more excited when we eat it. Eat them in a context that encourages it. And it is that much of sexual desire and excitement is in our heads.
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