By Sue Moores M.S., R.D.
Love is in the air...or at least it will be this Monday. Which foods might make your Valentine's Day just a little more special?
Bananas: Bananas are rich in potassium and B vitamins, both necessary for sex-hormone production.
Garlic: It seems somewhat counter-intuitive because of its odor, but for centuries in ancient Europe garlic was considered an aphrodisiac remedy.
Ginger: It's on the list because it is thought to aid in relaxation.
Oysters: The classic aphrodisiac, oysters get the nod for their mouth-feel, especially when swallowed raw (and whole).
Pine Nuts: They are rich in zinc, a key mineral for maintaining male potency. Pine nuts have been used since Medival times to stimulate libido.
Vanilla: The smell and flavor of vanilla is believed to increase feelings of lust. Some studies have shown that vanilla can raise levels of catecholamines, or adrenaline, in the blood.
Source: Phil Lempert, Supermarket Guru