Saturday, November 29, 2008

Is it Chocolate Really Sex Food Or Is It Just A Myth?



I started to wonder whether or not chocolate was really an aphrodisiac. Aphrodisiacs, as you know, are those things that are supposed to make you sensitive to erotic stimulation. The name itself comes from the Ancient Greek goddess, Aphrodite, who was both feared for her might and worshiped for her beauty.

Chocolate's "love" qualities though could come from our own cultural understanding. We think that it is an aphrodisiac, so it becomes one. I mean, it tastes good. And, then there is that smooth, melting sensation on the tongue, since chocolate's melting point is just below human body temperature. That's sort of stimulating in itself, don't you think? But then we ought to consider the chemical composition of chocolate. What exactly is in the stuff? And where did this idea of it being an aphrodisiac come from in the first place?

The answer to whether or not chocolate is an aphrodisiac differs from person to person, but I will tell you what I found out and let you decide on your own.

According to some sources, the Aztecs, the first people to cultivate cacao, celebrated chocolate's aphrodisiacal powers. They used to eat vast quantities of food cooked with chocolate during the harvest time, and then engage in raucous orgies during festivals. But there are also reports that say that the men in Aztec society forbid chocolate-cooked food to women, because of its power as an aphrodisiac.

While both of these reports could be factual, I am not sure of them. Because it seems to me that if the men forbid women to eat chocolate, why did they have wild orgies during harvest time? Something doesn't add up. They would seemingly be forcing it on their women! But that's just the humble opinion of this author. Nonetheless, the Aztecs thought chocolate had erotic powers.

History is also replete with examples of others who were convinced of chocolate's powers. The courtesan of French King Louis XV, Madame du Barry, apparently made sure that her lovers drank a brimming cup of chocolate before they were granted entrance to her boudoir. And Casanova, the famed Casanova, drank chocolate daily at the Florian Cafe in Venice, proclaiming the drink to be better, that is, more stimulating, than champagne. And these are just some of the examples.

So obviously people throughout history have considered chocolate to have aphrodisiacal properties. But what gives it those properties? Chemicals! Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, an amino acid that occurs naturally. Some claim that phenylethylamine can even cure hangovers, but it certainly is related to love. Your body, apparently, secretes it when you are struck head over heels. And that's not the only brain chemical that chocolate contains. It also has levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are pain killers and put you in a better mood. Serotonin even causes you to have a pleasurable feeling akin to the one you get when you stand in the sun.

Its no wonder that chocolate's so popular! Tasty, uplifting, stimulating, what more could you ask for? Oh, aphrodisiacal? Well, none of the sources I could find gave a concrete opinion on whether or not chocolate was really an aphrodisiac. But, in all honesty, who cares? With all the other stuff going for it, does chocolate need to be an aphrodisiac for you to want to eat it? Now if you'll excuse me, I have some exquisite dark chocolate to nibble on.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Aphrodisiacs and Sex Food -Trick or Treat for Your Libido

Author: Lena Laursen


There are so many article and contradictive information regarding sex aphrodisiacs that it is almost impossible to tell the truth from fallacy. People continue experimenting with different substances trying to improve their sexual life.

As you might know, aphrodisiacs are substances which can enhance your libido. Therefore we shall not consider Viagra and the like means against impotence to be aphrodisiacs, because they imply physiologic interference aimed to fulfill the already existing sexual desire.

For centuries people have been trying and testing various kinds of food, drinks and chemical elements hoping to discover the magic element for libido enhancement.

Some of the ancient aphrodisiac explorers found the similarities of particular plant shape with human genitalia, considering them to have the effect on libido due to their shape likeness. For example the root of parsley was told to have amazing effect.

Others believed that the results can only be achieved by eating genitalia of certain animals. For instance, bull's testicles, which still can be found on the menus of some restaurants in Latin America. Sometimes completely absurd ideas about aphrodisiacs were popular, like the powder of the rhinocerose's horn. Horns in general were used for this purpose, not only those of rhinoceroses but also deer's bull's, etc.

However, this doesn't prove that real aphrodisiacs don't exist at all. In fact, they are easy to find. But the side effects of them are sometimes too unpleasant to use them.

A research held by American food committee proved that all substances acknowledge as aphrodisiacs have one or more side effects. And some of then were claimed to be dangerous.

Thus one of the most popular aphrodisiac called Spanish fly or Lytta vesicatoria contain dangerous element cantaridin, which blocks blood vessels in genitalia's area. Eventually, that results in hard erection for men and pleasant feeling on sexual excitement in female genitalia, but the excessive usage of this aphrodisiac can lead to dangerous diseases like permanent erection (priapism) and swelling of female genitalia. Both are very painful experiences.

Therefore when buying another magic potion, carefully read the ingredients it contains and make sure they won’t cause any side effects.

Some people use alcohol and other drugs (cannabis, amphetamines, etc) as aphrodisiacs. Certainly, when the control centers of her brain are switched off, a woman can turn into a wild animal lusting for sex only. However, these experiments are no less than a sexual abuse and any forcing or tricking into drinking of such 'aphrodisiacs' is recognized by law as a rape.

By the way, the pioneer of practicing drugs as aphrodisiacs was the notorious marquise De Sade. He began his 'career' of a sex pervert by adding some of the above mentioned 'aphrodisiacs' in food, usually at a ball or other social gathering. After this spiced with aphrodisiacs meal, he enjoyed watching the orgies, provoked by the effect of aphrodisiacs. That was his way to get inspired for his writing.

You don't have to necessarily search for exotic animals' genitalia or weird flies in order to enhance your libido. Keep in mind that the majority of our erogenous zones are in the brain. A romantic dinner with champaign and strawberry can also be a great aphrodisiac. Especially if you manage to create the area of intimacy. Consider that the combination of strawberry and champain stimulate the genesis of female hormones. But alcohol has nothing to do with that effect. The effect is provoked by the fruit sugar and carbonic acid.

And don't forget about pheromones and stimulating scents.
Experiment with tastes and scents to find your personal aphrodisiac.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

OYSTERS - SEX FOOD



Oysters
Oysters have long been considered as a Sex food or if you prefer a very effective aphrodisiac. Dated back to the early second century AD, in a satire by a Roman poet, Juvenal, he described how women acted so lewdly after having some wine and giant oysters! What makes oysters such a popular aphrodisiac is the fact that these slimy mollusks contain a high level of zinc. Zinc deficiency, as nutritionists point out, can cause impotence in men. Any food rich in zinc, therefore, has a beneficial effect on the libido.
Baked Oysters with Eggplants
Ingredients
2 medium eggplants
20 - 30 oysters, drained
8 - 10 slices bacon
3 large onions, chopped
8 tablespoons butter
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
salt and ground black pepper
Preparation
Put eggplants in a shallow baking dish and bake at 400º for about 35 minutes.
Set aside until cool.
Saute chopped onions in a skillet with 3 tablespoons of butter.
Fry bacon in another skillet until crisp.
Peel the cooked eggplants and cut into small cubes, about 1 inch each. Mix with the sauteed onions.
Crumble the bacon into the eggplant mixture. Then add oysters, salt, pepper and ½ cup of bread crumbs.
Melt the rest of the butter in a saucepan.
Divide the eggplant/oyster mixture into 4 portions and put each portion in a baking dish.
Pour the melted butter and sprinkle the remaining bread crumbs on each portion.
Place all 4 baking dishes on a baking sheet and bake at 425º for about 20 minutes.


Oyster Recipes
Oysters in Blankets
Ingredients
2 cans smoked oysters
Bacon strips
¼ cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic
Preparation
Wrap a bacon slice around each oyster and pin it with a toothpick.
Heat oil in a skillet. Add garlic.
Add the wrapped oysters and cook until the bacon is crisp.

CAVIAR - SEX FOOD



Caviar
The word "caviar" derives from the Persian word "khav-yar", which means "cake of strength." It is said to help us restore our physical power and enhance good health. Caviar is a famous party food and also regularly served by most airlines to their first-class passengers. Loaded with vitamin A, zinc and omega-3 fatty acid, it is believed to increase blood flow to the genitals and stimulate the formation of testosterone. For people who have to limit their cholesterol and sodium intake, however, caviar should only be a rare treat.


Caviar Recipes
Caviar in Potato Nests
Ingredients
2 medium russet potatoes
2 ounces caviar
3 ounces cream cheese
4 tablespoons melted butter
Grounded black pepper
Preparation
Boil water in a saucepan.
Add potatoes. Cook until only half-done. (You should be able to insert a knife through the potatoes but not too easily.)
Set aside and let the potatoes cool down.
Peel the potatoes and grate them roughly.
Brush muffin tin cups with melted butter.
Fill each cup with grated potatoes. Make it look like a nest. (Make about 20 - 30 nests total.)
Bake them in a preheated 450º oven for about 25 minutes or until they turn golden-brown.
Remove from the oven and set aside for 5 - 10 minutes.
Remove the nests from the tin cups carefully with a blunt knife. Season with pepper.
Fill each nest with one scoop of cream cheese and one scoop of caviar.
TIPS:
Caviar should be served in glass, ceramic, plastic or wooden containers. Never serve or keep caviar in a metal container because oxidation can easily impart metallic taste to it.
Always keep it refrigerated, but not frozen.
The most popular alcoholic drinks to be taken with caviar are Champagne, Vodka and dry white wine.

ASPARAGUS - SEX FOOD




Asparagus
Asparagus
Nicholas Culpepper, a renowned English botanist and herbalist, once stated that asparagus "stirs up lust in man and woman." Some people say asparagus is considered an aphrodisiac simply because of its phallic shape, but in fact its suggestive form has nothing to do with its aphrodisiac effect. Being rich in potassium, folic acid, vitamin A and vitamin E, it amazingly stimulates sex hormones and glandular function. Asparagus, like an all-purpose medicine, can boost up your sex drive and enhance your general well-being.
How to cook asparagus
Asparagus with Parmesan Cheese
Ingredients
1 lb medium-sized asparagus
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
salt and black pepper
Preparation
Rinse asparagus and diagonally slice into small pieces, about 2 inches each.
Boil water in a medium saucepan (only half full).
Put asparagus slices into the boiling water and immediately reduce to a simmer.
After 2 minutes, remove from stove and drain the water.
Mix asparagus with the other ingredients in a bowl.



Stir Fried Asparagus with Ginger
Ingredients
1 lb medium-sized asparagus
4 -5 slices fresh ginger
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup roasted cashews or almonds
salt and pepper
Preparation
Slice asparagus into bite-sized pieces.
Heat olive oil in a skillet (at medium heat).
Add ginger slices and let them sizzle for about 30 seconds - 1 minute.
Add asparagus. Stir fry for 4 - 5 minutes or until crisp.
Add nuts, salt and pepper and stir fry for another 30 seconds.