The Food of Love

2nd February 2018 Blogs

For many people, the month of February means just one thing – Valentine’s Day.

From a delicious breakfast in bed to a decadent lunch or an even more indulgent Valentine’s Day dinner, you should surprise your loved one this year and treat them to a fabulous Valentine’s Day meal.

So, as we unveil our own Valentine’s Day menu, we thought that it would be fun to take a look at food and drink which is reckoned to be the amongst the most romantic and which is reputed as having aphrodisiac properties. Hopefully this article will get you in the mood for the most romantic day of the year?

The following ingredients are reputed to be aphrodisiacs, whether this is a load of nonsense or not, we’ll let you be the judge of that!

Honey
Sweet and sticky, honey contains the mineral boron, which helps the body utilise estrogen and improves testosterone levels in the blood.

Oysters
The classic aphrodisiac is of course oysters, but other shellfish are packed with zinc too, a mineral that is said to increase libido. The classic pairing with oysters is champagne.

Garlic
Rather surprisingly but garlic increases blood flow throughout the body.

Figs
Figs have long been associated with love and fertility and they do make a standard fruit platter look decadent and more romantic.

Chocolate
Chocolate has many feel-good properties but it is also said to release the chemical that induces feelings of attraction and happiness.

Basil
With great health benefits for the body, the scent of basil is said to have an aphrodisiac effect – maybe that’s why the Italians love it so much?

Bananas
Packed with B vitamins, magnesium, potassium and the bromeliad enzyme, bananas apparently increase the male libido.

Avocado
Boosting the immune system with B vitamins and potassium, avocados have excellent health giving and stamina giving properties.

Almonds
Thanks to their high vitamin E content, almonds help support female hormones, and have been seen as a fertility symbol for hundreds of years.

Asparagus
Asparagus is packed full of vitamins and minerals, in particular folic acid, which can help improve libido in both men and women.

Whether these foods do genuinely offer these qualities or not; one thing is certain, they are all natural, delicious and with the exception of too much chocolate, they are all super healthy too. We hope that you have enjoyed reading our food inspired article about Valentine’s Day and that it proves that being romantic is also good for our health.

Happy Valentine’ Day to you.