Top 12 Aphrodisiac Foods

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:

  1. Chili Peppers:   A slow burn that hurts so good. While lips swell and tongues tingle, the chili heat sets to work releasing endorphins, the primary pleasure enzyme.
  2. Peaches:  Ancient Chinese thoughts say that it holds magical properties. Peaches are rich in potassium, iron, vitamins A and C. Note: all are nutrients for improving sexual health.
  3. Mint: Noted for increasing appetites of all kinds, mint is the perfect herb to sweeten a meal, for not only does it increase flavor but it also sweetens breath.
  4. Ginger: Although it is commonly used to aid digestion, served pickled, candied, or in the raw, ginger increases sensitivity in the erogenous zones.
  5. Honey: A sweet decadence colored the hue of royalty and wealth, golden honey is energy-boosting syrup. The Nectar of Aphrodite, this all-natural sweetener is at the root of the term "honeymoon."
  6. Chocolate: The aphrodisiac properties of chocolate are many. Sip creamy hot chocolate for its modest caffeine charge or nibble on a dark morsel for it's serotonin boost.
  7. Mangoes: The muse of poets and philosophers since the beginning of recorded time, mangoes are prescribed in India to increase male libido.
  8. Saffron: The most rare and exotic of all herbs, saffron has been used throughout history in rituals of beauty and love.
  9. Almonds: The almond blossom is considered an international symbol of fertility. Removed from their shell, these protein-rich morsels are outstanding in helping sustain stamina.
  10. Rosemary: With flavors and aromas dubbed "invigorating" in the naturopathic world, rosemary could easily be called one of the kitchen's most sensual foods.
  11. Vanilla: With a scent found to be arousing to both men and women, vanilla is equally effective on both sexes.
  12. Figs: Split down the center and cradled in the palm, the fig is said to resemble female genitalia. Rich in iron, figs are welcomes additions to any summer feast.