Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Hot Foods

Hot Foods: "Hot Foods: We're Talkin' Edible Aphrodisiacs

By Susan Burke MS, RD, LD/N, CDE
eDiets Chief Nutritionist
May 4, 2005
Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? If it's food for love and sexual desire, your corner Italian bistro is your best bet. Select the following foods, include some red wine, definitely some soft lighting and perhaps a misty rain…

An aphrodisiac is a food, drink, drug, scent or device that can arouse or increase sexual desire, or libido. When looking at the list of foods that have traditionally been considered 'foods of love,' it's apparent that Italians traditionally enjoy these foods on a daily basis. In additional to the potency potential, these foods are delicioso.

As usual, there is science behind every old wives’ tale. Eating these foods regularly won't necessarily make you a Casanova, but you'll surely benefit from their good nutrition. Come to the table with a firm and toned body, and that will also enhance desire, for both parties. Mangia!

Tomatoes: Tomatoes are known as 'The Apples of Love' in French, and if heart health is a turn-on, tomatoes are the ultimate aphrodisiac. Tomatoes contain antioxidant vitamins A and C, plus lycopene, which is enhanced when the tomatoes are cooked, as in marinara sauce. Italians have a special touch with tomatoes.

Garlic: The ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese and just about every culture has considered garlic an indispensable part of their cuisines. The active ingredient, allicin, is a powerful antioxidant, contributing to bacterial and viral protection. Although the Greeks considered garlic an aphrodisiac, garlic's ability to excite food flavors can certainly be considered a lifestyle enhancer. Don't eat it raw, it will undo all the romance.

Chili Peppers: Spicy foods are thought to be aphrodisiacs because they increase body heat and heart rate, somewhat similar to what happens in the bedroom (we hope!). Chilies contain capsaicin, good for lowering high blood-pressure, and are high in vitamins A and C, and bioflavinoids (all necessary nutrients for healthy cell growth). Order Fra Diavalo… that means 'spicy' in Italian.

Basil: A fragrant member of the mint family, the Romans used basil to symbolize love, and the Greeks used it to ease nervous tension and cure headaches (no doubt important before making love). The Italians still consider basil a token of love. Combine basil leaves, pine nuts, (see below) and olive oil, and you have lovely pesto, delicious on pasta.

Pine Nuts: These little seeds, found in pine cones, in ancient times were prescribed to increase male fertility. While there is no scientific evidence that pine nuts increase libido for men and women, they are a good source of zinc, which, like oysters, is linked to male sexual potency. What's good for one is great for the other.

El Yucateco

El Yucateco Hot Sauce If you are looking for El Yucateco Hot Sauce this is the place to get it. They carry both the El Yucateco Hot Sauce Green and Red sauces. This one rocks the house ! - straight from the Yucatan.

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