Romantic foods – Tempt and tease your palate

Something to consider for an engagement dinner or maybe a honeymoon, is food that gets your mojo going. There are some well-known dishes that have got couples in the mood for centuries.

Give some of these a try and see if they truly are the food of love.

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Why does eating chocolate make us so happy? It’s a chemical thing. 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.

Caviar

What’s sexier than consuming a luxurious treat with your lover? Caviar, a favorite food of the infamous pleasure-seeker, Casanova, has long been associated with extravagance and indulgence, but the high-priced delicacy also offers numerous health benefits that will boost 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 increases blood flow and is sure to increase your desire.

Chile pepper

Chile peppers score near the top of love’s leaderboard. Their ability to release endorphins can cause a boost in mood and surge in energy as good as a runner’s high. Chile’s heat warms the body from the inside out, and has the potential for sending an urge to tear off clothing.

Capsaicin, the compound that causes chile’s burn, will make the tongue tingle with a need to be kissed and cause lips to swell with desirable plumpness. Most famously, chile was used as a key ingredient in the fortifying chocolate drink the great ruler Montezuma consumed to make his tongue dance and his pulse quicken in preparation for his daily visit to his beautiful concubines.

Oysters

These mouthwatering mollusks are the classic aphrodisiac. And, there’s research to support it: raw oysters are very 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.

Pomegranate

It has been speculated that the forbidden fruit Eve bit into in the Garden of Eden was not an apple, but a juicy pomegranate. 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 — studies have shown that the pomegranate’s antioxidants increase blood flow and testosterone levels, stimulating arousal and heightening intimacy.

Champagne

If you’re not in the mood to eat, then how about a glass of bubbly? Champagne and romance go together like rainbows and happiness. The most important thing is not to over-indulge, or you may not feel quite so lovey-dovey the next morning.