San Valentino is coming: 10 Italian foods of love
Make sure you have an even happier Valentine's Day...
According to a survey, 62% of people will celebrate Valentine's Day eating out at a restaurant. Among the foods considered the sexiest, you've got all the usuals: Champagne, chocolate, strawberries. But they're not the only ones...
The watermelon had a reputation for being an aphrodisiac long before Beyoncé sang about it in the song "Drunk in Love". Watermelon is a rich source of citrulline, an amino acid that relaxes and dilates blood vessels, a bit like Viagra and other drugs designed for erectile dysfunction. More watermelon for everyone!
Please don't be silly. I'm not talking about the obvious double meaning. Bananas help with a feeling of calm and tranquillity. They are rich in minerals such as magnesium, and precious vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin B, which act on the nervous system.
3. Bread and pasta
Bread, pasta and potatoes contain tryptophan, the amino acid that promotes the release of serotonin, the molecule also called "pleasure and good mood". With all the pasta we eat, we Italians are experts in "pleasure and good humour"!
Considered an aphrodisiac since ancient times, honey is rich in boron, a mineral that helps to reactivate the metabolism and stimulates the production of testosterone, the hormone responsible for sexual appetite. Maybe, instead of spreading honey on some bread, you can spread it... well, somewhere else.
Cloves are apparently effective in combatting stress and mental fatigue. Why not use a clove-scented oil for a sexy massage?
6. Chilli pepper
The top food of sensuality. Capsaicin, an active component in chillies performs a vasodilating action; that is, it widens the blood vessels all over your body... yup.
Chicken meat contains vitamin B6, a substance that apparently helps to counter moodiness. So, if your relationship is going through a nervous moment, focus on foods that promote relaxation. It's practically yoga at the table, but you only need to lift your knife and fork.
Ginger contains hormone-like substances that can increase desire by having stimulating properties of the erogenous zones.
9. Clams and mussels
These molluscs are rich in glycogen, which is apparently essential for muscle contraction... I'll say no more.
The classic, isn't it? They are rich in amino acids and are apparently capable of stimulating sex hormones. They're not the sexiest things to eat though...
What will you eat on Valentine's Day? If you have already thought about the menu, write it in the comments!