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Valentine’s Day: 5 Aphrodisiac foods to turn up the heat

Valentine’s Day: 5 Aphrodisiac foods to turn up the heat

Sexy foods for a sexy time

Text: Rachel Au


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Extend the romance beyond the romantic candlelight dinner by including these aphrodisiacs in your Valentine’s Day menu

Love shouldn't be celebrated only once a year, and it probably isn't (right?); Valentine's Day is just D-Day to go the extra mile. So going along with the flow, it's not just the gifts that should be special and it's not just the restaurant that has to be romantic with an accompanying special Valentine's Day menu—the food itself should contain one or two aphrodisiacs to spice the night even more. Luckily, it doesn't have be anything exotic. As you'll see from the list below, you've probably had them on any every day meal.

 

1. Chocolate

There must be a reason why chocolates are one of the classic stars of Valentine's Day, and it's not just because it's a traditional gift (the ol' flowers or chocolates?). Known also as a classic aphrodisiac, cocoa contains a chemical called phenylethylamine that stimulates the release of dopamine in the pleasure centre of the brain, making sex (or anything else) seem so much more appealing.

Buro Recommends: Godiva's Valentine's Day Coupes d'Amour Collection

 

2. Oysters

They might not look and sound sexy but did you know oysters apparently help to increase libido as they're rich in zinc content? This goes in line with how having zinc deficiency could cause low testosterone and impotence in men. No more "Aww, shucks" moment now.

Buro Recommends: Shucked oysters at Ben's Independent Grocer


3. Honey

You know the phrase 'the birds and the bees' and its meaning? That's a sure hint that honey is an aphrodisiac. It contains a mineral called boron, which is used to aid in building strong bones and muscles as well as increase testosterone levels. It also provides a natural energy boost. Need we say more? 

Buro Recommends: Royce' x Softsrve's limited edition Honey Matcha

 

4. Red wine

Yes, alcohol can help one to relax some tenseness but it can also get your blood pumping to ready you for a good sexy time. The ingredient-in-charge for it? An antioxidant called resveratol. So, yes do order a glass of wine to go with your Valentine's Day meal-just be sure to get an Uber after that if you do. (Remember: drink responsibly.)

Buro Recommends: Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015

 

5. Avocado

Considered an aphrodisiac since the Mayan times, avocados aren't just creamy, smooth and rich in flavour but it's also stuffed with vitamin E-the vitamin responsible for helping the body produce big stimulants for sex such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Aside from these dirty details, you'll be glad to know it's also very loving to your health with its high content of omega-3 fatty acids.

Buro Recommends: BLT Breakfast Salad with Soft Boiled Egg and Avocado

 

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