Aphrodisiacs That Are Healthy Foods

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Cooking for Love? Foods That are Aphrodisiacs

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An aphrodisiac is something that arouses you or intensifies sexual desires - they were named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Throughout history, the title of aphrodisiac has been bestowed upon several foods that were thought to improve sexual function or fertility.

Today we know the aphrodisiac foods probably don't have any impact on your sex life, but many of them are good for your health. Perhaps the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals or other antioxidants found in these aphrodisiacs are the real key to a healthy love life. Flip through the slideshow to see some of our favorite aphrodisiac foods.

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Bananas

Bananas are said to be aphrodisiacs.
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The allure of the banana as an aphrodisiac is fairly obvious, given its shape. But they have impressive nutritional benefits as well because they're rich in potassium and vitamins and minerals. Bananas also contain an enzyme called bromeliad that is said to enhance male sexual health.

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Asparagus

Asparagus may be an aphrodisiac.
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Asparagus is another aphrodisiac that appears to stand at attention. This long slender vegetable is rich in vitamins such as folate and vitamin K, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. And asparagus is naturally low in calories.

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Honey

Honey may be an aphrodisiac.
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Honey has a long history as a sweet and sticky aphrodisiac. It was frequently prescribed to newlyweds on their honeymoon by ancient healers. From a nutrition standpoint, honey isn't much better than any other sugar, although it does have some nutrients and is easily absorbed for a quick burst of energy. But it's the flavor that makes honey so magical -- a drizzle of honey can add a little decadence to any dish.

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Avocados

Avocado may be an aphrodisiac.
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Avocados resemble another part of the male anatomy and have long been thought of as aphrodisiacs. Whether or not they arouse anyone to do anything is questionable, but they are rich in vitamins, minerals, monounsaturated fats and may help support prostate health.

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Chocolate

Chocolate is an aphrodisiac.
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Chocolate is everywhere on Valentines Day so it must have some aphrodisiac quality, right? Maybe - dark chocolate has antioxidants that support healthy blood vessel walls which might help to get your blood flowing. Whether or not the flavor and melt-in-your-mouth feel of high-quality chocolate can go a long way toward setting the mood.

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Raw Oysters

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Raw oysters are legendary as aphrodisiacs -- could it be the shape or the texture? Or maybe the nutritional content -- oysters are high in zinc, which is necessary for men's sexual health. They're also rich in protein, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, and vitamin B-12.

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Figs

Figs are aphrodisiacs.
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Fig leaves are often used to cover the nether regions in otherwise naked figures in paintings so maybe there's some association there. Or maybe it's how ripe figs are full of seeds (and, of course, their shape). In any case, figs may or may not have any power over your sex life but they are nutritious. Figs contain more minerals than most other fruits, plus a healthy dose of fiber.

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Strawberries

Strawberries are aphrodisiacs.
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Strawberries are associated with Venus, the Roman love goddess, and they're heart-shaped, so it's obvious why they're thought to be aphrodisiacs. They're certainly among the healthiest of foods on this list. Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants.

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Chile Peppers

Red chili peppers are aphrodisiacs.
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Chile peppers bring fire and passion to any meal and maybe they can bring that same heat to your love life. Chile peppers contain capsaicin, the natural compound that produces the heat. They're also nutritious - chile peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals.

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Pomegranates

Pomegranate is an aphrodisiac.
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Pomegranates were named for Aphrodite, the Greek love goddess. Voluptuously round ripe pomegranate fruits are fully-laden with seeds -- perfect as a fertility symbol. And a healthy one at that - pomegranate arils are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

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