Just as eating some of the top aphrodisiacs can help you get in a warm and romantic mood, there are also foods that do just the opposite – slow down or stop the libido.
So if you’re planning a sensual evening with your partner, here are four foods that can bring romance to a screeching halt. Instead of the following, try one of the top ten aphrodisiacs and we promise you will have a much better evening. Just don’t let your “special someone” know if you bought the this aphrodisiac food using coupons.
Although soy is high in protein and an essential component of a healthy diet, soy products contain phytoestrogens, which can throw off the testosterone and estrogen ratios in men and women. Testosterone influences libido, and anything that upsets this imbalance may make it more difficult to feel sexy. So when planning your Valentine’s Day menu, consider staying away from tofu or soy-based dishes.
Skip the gin and tonic and consider another drink for your pre-dinner cocktail. Originally used as a home remedy for leg cramps and spasms, tonic water contains quinine. Research studies show that quinine lowers testosterone levels and testosterone production in laboratory animals. There is an indication that this is true for humans, as well. Besides, put the stuff under a black light it glows…think I’ll stay away from it from now on.
Milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid that makes serotonin. Serotonin elevates our mood, but also induces sleep. That’s why doctors advise drinking a glass of warm milk at bedtime. So if you want to be awake for an evening of amorous advances, avoid milk! Besides, most adults are lactose intolerant and we’re pretty sure that gas, cramps and/or diarrhea are not sexy in any way shape or form.
Black (not red) licorice contains glycyrrhizin, which also lowers testosterone levels in men and women. Although not a popular food, it is always good to know what you should avoid prior to an evening of romance. Besides, eating black licorice can also darken your tongue and teeth — a real turnoff!
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January 13th, 2010