Can eating certain aphrodisiac foods such as dark chocolate really spark your romance and even boost your weight loss? With Valentine’s Day just around the cooing corner, it’s time to separate fact from fantasy on foods such as dark chocolate and oysters, reports Reader’s Digest.
When it comes to oysters, researchers have confirmed that they contain amino acids that kick-start sex hormone production. They’re also high in protein and low in calories — one medium oyster has about 40 calories and almost five grams of protein.
Chili peppers also have scientific evidence. They stimulate endorphins while also enhancing your metabolism.
Do you associate Valentine’s Day with chocolate? In addition to its sensual odor and taste, studies have shown that eating dark chocolate boosts dopamine, resulting in pleasure.
But choose that chocolate wisely, suggests Triathlon magazine. When it comes to chocolate bars, some contain mostly sugar. Seek ones with a high percentage of cocoa for the best benefits. And for weight loss, limit your intake to an ounce a day.
Consider cocoa nibs as well. These treats result from pulverized cocoa beans. And while you’ll still get the aphrodisiac benefits, you also benefit from fiber, key for weight loss. One ounce contains nine grams of fiber. And unsweetened cocoa powder also offers a way to have your chocolate and slim down too.
Honey also has a reputation as an aphrodisiac — for a good reason. Created through the process of pollination, it symbolizes procreation. The term “honeymoon” is derived from mead, which is an alcoholic drink concocted from honey and traditionally given to a new bride and groom.
On the nutritional side, honey contains boron, which assists the regulation of both testosterone and estrogen levels. In addition, honey has a history of providing nutrition among modern hunter-gatherer societies, points out Dr. William Lagakos of Calories Proper.
Bananas are also worth considering for an addition to your Valentine’s Day menu. They contain bromelain, which helps with testosterone production, as well as potassium and vitamin B for energy levels.
Seeking a way to combine some of these aphrodisiac foods for Valentine’s Day? As the Inquisitr reported, a new diet called the Total 10 has become popular. It’s a Paleo-style low-carb diet that includes desserts, such as the one below that combines both chocolate and bananas.
Total 10 Banana-Chocolate Ice Cream
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 liquid Stevia
Directions: Combine ingredients, mash and enjoy!
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