Amy Reiley is the author of Fork Me, Spoon Me. She was the second American to earn a Master of Gastronomy from the French temple of cuisine, Le Cordon Bleu. During her research at Cordon Bleu Amy grew to notoriety as an authority on aphrodisiac foods.
Delicacies mentioned Amy Reiley's book, Fork Me, Spoon Me, are actual aphrodisiacs, this is what she told us:
"With regards to chocolate, in its nutritive breakdown are the ingredients PEA and a caffeine-like component which both lend to its aphrodisiac reputation. Many nutritional sources will confirm this. (Please note that the ingredients are found in miniscule quantities however, which I mention in the book).
Chilies effects are immediate and physically obvious in that the make the tongue tingle and lips swell seductively. Chile is also documented as raising body heat.
Honey gives a shot of sugar - fantastic for quick energy. ;)
Rosemary also has scientific documentation of its aroma therapeutic restorative effects.
Ginger has been studied, at least in Asian medicine to not only be excellent for digestion, but also to raise body heat. It is also used in lip balms as an irritant, making lips swell much the way chili does only it does not feel so harsh when applied topically.
The other ingredients also have nutritive properties as well as folklore as mentioned in the first section of the book, with the exception of saffron. For this spice my only evidence of a physical stimulation is that it will stain certain skin tones and make them glow, making them much more attractive."
Top 12 Aphrodisiac Foods According to Amy Reiley: