GAYOT's Romantic Foods for Valentine's Day and Beyond

February 10, 2016

Do aphrodisiacs really have the power to induce an amorous mood and lift the libido? History and cultures around the world support the idea, but we don't think you have to be a believer to have fun with romantic foods. GAYOT's list of Romantic Foods for Valentine's Day & Beyond contains treats that range from sweet to spicy. Add caviar or oysters to your next dinner date to trigger excitement, or chocolate or strawberries to your dessert to ignite intimacy. Read on for more romantic foods.

Caviar, a favorite food of the infamous pleasure-seeker, Casanova, has long been associated with extravagance and indulgence. However, the high-priced delicacy also offers numerous health benefits that will heighten your well-being and libido. The pearl-shaped sturgeon eggs are packed with zinc and are a good source of protein, which will give you and your partner a nice boost of energy. Also, the amino acid L-arginine found in caviar maximizes blood flow and is sure to increase your desire.

Why does eating chocolate make us so happy? The "food of the gods" contains theobromine, a stimulating alkaloid similar to caffeine. Chocolate also helps the brain produce feel-good serotonin. Be sure to indulge in the dark variety — it contains incredible amounts of antioxidants, whereas milk chocolate is just that: milk and sugar with trace amounts of cocoa.

These mouthwatering mollusks are the classic aphrodisiac — and there's research to support it. Raw oysters are high in zinc, which raises sperm and testosterone production, thus increasing libido. Like some fish, oysters contain omega-3 fatty acids, considered to increase one's overall well-being and even fight depression. They are also a source of dopamine. No wonder Casanova ate 50 raw oysters every day.

Bursting with ruby red seeds when sliced open, pomegranates have long been associated with reproduction and fertility. In fact, according to Greek mythology, the first pomegranate tree was planted by Aphrodite, the goddess of love, pleasure and procreation. Recent research has validated the fruit’s long-standing association with romance, as studies show that antioxidants contained in pomegranates increase blood flow and testosterone levels, stimulating arousal and heightening intimacy.

Dating back to ancient Roman times, strawberries have always been seen as romantic fruits. In fact, they are the symbol for Venus, the Goddess of Love. It only makes sense when you consider that they're naturally heart-shaped and red in hue. Some even call it the Valentine fruit, making it a perfect choice for a romantic dessert option to get you in the mood. They're also packed with Vitamin C, which studies show helps to keep your blood flowing. Plus, they are perfect for dipping into warm, melted chocolate (another known aphrodisiac!) and sharing with your partner.

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