Monday, February 13, 2012

Ignite some kitchen chemistry

We all know the power of food to heal, but did you know that certain foods posses aphrodisiac qualities, ones that can transform a non existent libido to a sexual prowess.  Some of these unfounded, but science knows one thing for sure, undernourishment results in a loss of libido and decreased fertility. So go organic, get the most from every bite, flavour, nourishment and excitement  ;0

In ancient times, foods that beared a physical resemblance to genitalia were deemed foods that would promote procreation, this was when the connection between food and fertility began.

There are so many different foods that we could include in this list, but for the sake of seasonality and availability, lets go with the ones we have available this week.

So what do we know

Almonds; the aroma is said to induce passion in females.  Interestingly the almonds is one of the oldest symbols of fertility.  In Indian medicine the almond is used to stop premature ejaculation and increasing sex drive.  Eat them RAW. Great source of protein, fibre, zinc, selenium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, biotin , riboflavin, niacin and iron.

Avocado; the Mayans and Aztecs revered the avocado fruit as one of the most powerful, naming it Ahuacuatl- translated means testicle tree. Rich in fibre, folate, Vitamin K, E C, potassium.

Bananas; you can understand why the humble banana has been heralded as the aphrodisiac fruit, its phallic shape earning this title.  Rightly so, an organic banana contains high amounts of potassium and B vitamins, both of these nutrients are essential for sex hormone production.

Chocolate; ok so who can go past ultimate aphrodisiac and researchers agree finding a higher degree of sexual satisfaction from those that consumed chocolate daily.  In no way is this an endorsement or encouragement to over indulge, nether less interesting.  Make it dark and raw.  Chocolate naturally contains both serotonin and phenylethyamine, both these are mood lifting compounds.

Figs; a true food of the gods and incidentally in stock this week.  Visually figs are thought to look like the female sexual organs.  A great source of  calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc.

Honey:  In ancient times, Sterility and impotence were treated with honey, also as a source of concentrated energy.  During the medieval age, a drink called 'mead' made with fermented honey and was given to newlyweds, and seducers hoping to get lucky.

Rocket; was recognised as an aphrodisiac since the Roman times AD. Dioscorides warning that eating it raw stimulates lust and sexual appetite. A great source of vitamin A, C, beta carotene, calcium folate, fibre and phytonutrients.


Putting LOVE into your food

This article written by our own Angela Gioffre, Nutritionist about the importance of putting love in your food.
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