If there are two things that go hand in hand with romance, its food, and sex. According to a recent Australian survey, more than 50% of Aussies are having sex at least twice a week with as many as 90% of survey respondents stating they are sexually satisfied. Could it be that a typical Australian diet filled with red wine and oysters has something to do with it? Can eating specific food really get you in the mood? Considering how all these foods have relaxant, circulatory or muscle strengthening affects or an ability to stimulate the psyche, it is very plausible. Let’s have a closer look at some of the most popular foods you can call upon to make your next date-night extra spectacular.
Red wine for romance
If you really want to ‘get in the mood’ during a date, order a glass of antioxidant-rich red wine. While the resveratrol in the wine not only helps to decrease inflammation but literally helps to get your blood pumping, the scent is key. Masculine, musky reds work best as an aphrodisiac so experiment with earthy Pinots. Burly Cabernets can also work well, especially when they boast aromas of earth, tobacco, and leather. It was long believed to be the alcohol content of the wine that helped to ignite a romantic fire within individuals but it is not commonly believed that the masculine scents of some reds actually imitate the scent of male pheromones.
Ignite your senses with figs
The use of figs as an aphrodisiac reportedly dates back to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The humble fig bizarrely symbolises both sexuality (the seed-centric fruit representing fertility) and humility (the fig leaf). Legend further has it that the fig was one of Cleopatra’s favourite foods, particularly because of its aphrodisiac properties. Figs apparently resemble the female sex organs, making them extremely sensual, especially when eaten by someone you desire. Due to its high amino acid content, figs are believed to act as a sexual stimulant, boosting libido and increasing stamina. It is no wonder that so many date nights include a fig and cheese platter under a starry sky - the perfect prelude to what may turn out to be a very interesting night.
Spark passion with oysters
Apart from regularly indulging in figs, Cleopatra also loved Oysters, as did the legendary Casanova. As folklore would have it, Casanova apparently indulged in dozens of oysters a day which left him with a rather healthy sexual appetite. The romancer was said to seduce an unsuspecting vestal virgin by sensually sliding an oyster from his mouth to hers. Oysters are notorious for being a natural aphrodisiac due to their natural high zinc and amino acid content that boost the production of dopamine which increases libido in both men and women. In our modern times, nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a platter of fresh oysters paired with a glass another known aphrodisiac – champagne.
While these, and many other, food and drinks could very well contribute to the overall romantic ambience of a date, it should never be relied upon when it comes to making an intimate connection with someone. Nothing can replace spending good old fashioned quality time together, getting to know each other and allowing the relationship to naturally progress to the next level.
Jenny Lane is a freelance writer and editor. When not working she loves dedicating as much time as possible to study, including her current work for her Masters degree. She also loves to spend time with her young family, travel and swim.