Love is in the air this time of year, and you’ll love these aphrodisiac foods – plus, they’re also good for your teeth!
Food as an aphrodisiac has been subject to debate as long as it’s been around. Whether it’s a total myth or just a placebo effect, there are still a few truths behind the traditions. For instance, food can awaken the senses and activate certain hormone and chemical releases. Cupid may use an arrow, but you may also use a fork to fall in love! Try serving one of these tooth-friendly romance foods for your next dinner date.
Most famously known as a romantic appetizer, oysters are considered to be one of the best aphrodisiac foods. Though it’s never been proven, some say oysters “may increase testosterone in men.” But, if you simply believe in their power, they can surely make you feel romantic. Oysters may heat up a date, but they’re best served chilled raw to keep their healthy amino acids intact. Additionally, oysters contain magnesium, a mineral that increases blood flow and strengthens teeth.
The almond nut has been a symbol of fertility for quite a longtime. Since the Victorian Era, Jordan almonds have been given as wedding favors in many cultures. As long as you stay away from the sugared varieties, they’re good for your smile, too! Almonds are high in calcium, a mineral that strengthens teeth, and they’re also a great source of healthy fats, fiber, magnesium and vitamin E.
Looking for a hot potato? Fancied for their lustful properties as early as the 16th century, sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin C and beta-carotene, both of which promote healthy gums. Sprinkle cinnamon on top for an extra hint of spice.
There are many reasons for chocolate’s decadent reputation – studies indicate that chocolate contains chemicals and compounds said to induce “mood-lifting chemicals in the brain.” Found in chocolate is phenylethylamine, which is the same chemical that our brain produces when we fall in love!
There’s further evidence of chocolate’s powers when it comes to falling in love. The amino acid tryptophan is found in small quantities in chocolate. Scientists link tryptophan to “the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of happiness.” Additionally, because it melts so quickly in your mouth, chocolate is one of the best aphrodisiac foods for your teeth, too!
Which fruit rates high with your dentist and is also an aphrodisiac? It’s the pomegranate! This ancient fruit has been celebrated for centuries, originating in the Indus Valley Civilization in 3300 BCE.
Pomegranates support your oral and overall health in several ways:
- Reduce inflammation
- Prevent gingivitis
- Prevent plaque building microorganisms
If you’re sensing love in the air, too, whip up something special with one of these delectable, edible aphrodisiacs that are also great for your teeth. Your smile will thank you!
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