Though food aphrodisiacs are mostly myth, there are some truths behind the traditions. For instance, food can awaken the senses. Certain foods can elicit romantic memories, and the act of eating can suggest steamy situations to the mind.
So while you’re aiming to please romantically, you may as well please your pearly whites, too. Some of the most acclaimed aphrodisiacs are tooth-healthy! Cupid may use an arrow, but you can use a fork.
Oysters are the sex symbol of the food world. There may be more to this shellfish than their sensual shape. Oysters are rich in sex hormone–triggering amino acids. Oysters may heat up the romance, but don’t turn up the heat. Enjoy them raw to keep the amino acids intact. Oysters are high in magnesium, a mineral that increases blood flow and strengthens teeth.
These snacks are bringing sexy back. Almonds fill you up fast and supply the stamina you need to keep energized. They also contain selenium, a nutrient that can increase fertility. There’s good news for your smile, too — almonds are high in calcium, a mineral that strengthens teeth.
• Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are hot potatoes, too! These naturally sweet aphrodisiacs are full of folic acid, also known as the “baby-making” mineral. Their vitamin C and beta-carotene promote healthy gums, and their vitamin A fights infertility. Sprinkle with cinnamon for an extra hint of hot.
There’s a reason for chocolate’s decadent reputation. You can literally feel the love while you get your fix — chocolate contains serotonin, the “cuddle chemical.” Women who ate chocolate regularly reported higher sexual satisfaction, according to one study. And because it melts quickly in your mouth, chocolate is one of the best sweets for teeth.
So whip up something special with these sexy super foods.