Eat Your Way to a Spicier Sex Life

Aphrodisiacs make better flirts and lovers

By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD

Forget perfume, the keys to spicing up your Valentine's Day and sex life may already be in your kitchen.

Researchers say the smell, taste, and even appearance of certain foods can act as potent aphrodisiacs that not only get you in the mood for love, but also may even make you a better flirt and lover. And knowing what foods are appropriate at each stage of the sex and mating process can maximize these effects.

"Different foods have different nutrients and substances that affect the body physiologically in different ways, that's why different foods work for different stages," says clinical sexologist Ava Cadell, PhD. "Some foods lower inhibitions, some get the blood flowing directly to the genitalia, and some foods release happy hormones."

Cadell has grouped aphrodisiacs into three groups based on the physiological effects they have on the body and how those effects can enhance sexual performance at each stage of a person's sex life.

Foods for Flirting

When looking for a potential mate, Cadell says it's important to choose foods that secrete chemicals and hormones that make you happy in order to increase self-confidence, lower inhibitions, and make you a better flirt.

Flirt-friendly foods include:

  • Chili peppers. Spicy foods get the heart pumping and induce sweating.
  • Bananas. They contain chemicals that reportedly have a mood-lifting effect on the brain and raises self-confidence.
  • Carrots. Their phallic appearance and high-fiber content may induce sexual desire.

Foods for Seduction

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