Valentine's Day: 5 surprising aphrodisiacs you already have in your kitchen

Typical aphrodisiacs are difficult to find, not to mention expensive. But there's loads of day-to-day foods that can help between the sheets.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s high time to get stocked up on that most mythic and exciting category of food: the aphrodisiac. Because who wants a lacking libido to squander the occasion? The most oft-quoted aphrodisiacs on the interweb are things like maca, oysters, ginseng and saffron – many are so elusive or exclusive they’re virtually impossible to get your hands on.

Fortunately, plenty of aphrodisiacs are perfectly every-day, so there’s no reason to miss out on their effects. Most of the time, these foods need frequently and sustained consumption to work, so don't think you can wait until the big day to cram them all in. Most find their benefit through vitamins and minerals, and so work their magic when part of a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. Anyway, here’s five normal foods that have an aphrodisiac effect.


Pumpkins are high in fibre and potassium which makes them, as nutrition expert, Dr Martha Montenegro writes, “good for stamina”. Pumpkins also contain magnesium, which is great for calming muscles and nerves.


Dr Steve McGough, an expert in sexology and biochemistry, says that celery contains some androsterone. This is a male pheromone that women can find attractive in men. Emphasis on ‘can’… don’t expect to be treated like the guy from the Lynx advert once you’ve had a stick or two.


If you and your beloved can get over the offensive smell, then eating a lot of garlic might just elevate things between the sheets. This, according to Dr McGough, is due to garlic’s high allicin content. Allicin increase blood flow, which some men might find… beneficial. And it also increases cardiovascular health.


It’s a pleasant coincidence that a vegetable with a phallic shape can improve your sex life. According to Dr Diane Hoppe, author of 'Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You: What Your Libido Reveals About Your Life', the high amount of vitamin E in asparagus can increase blood and oxygen flow to the genitals. Also, asparagus contains lots of potassium, a chemical linked to sex hormone production.


Another amusing shape, another aphrodisiac! This highly suggestive fruit contains a bromelain enzyme believed to increase men’s sex drive, according to Dr Hoppe. Also, you guessed it: the high levels of potassium are doing all kinds of good for your flow too.

What food will you be munching this Valentine's Day?

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Comments (2)

  • aphrodisiac

    noun [ C ]





    something, usually a drug or food, that is believed to cause sexual desire in people

    Let me fix the title for you: "Five foods that can be good for you, given the right circumstances, of which one may or may not be an aphrodisiac."

    Also, sources please, this isn't facebook

      1 year ago
    • Hey Maarten, thanks for the revision but I’m a descriptivist at heart, so thought I’d use it as it is used in common parlance.

      Regarding sources.. have you not heard that we live in a post truth world?😉

        1 year ago