So now that we’ve talked about the history of food and sex, let’s talk about the many ways you can combine the two into one orgasmic (foodgasmic?) experience.
Gettin’ “In the Mood”
There’s a good reason that foods like chocolate and strawberries are thought to be aphrodisiacs: chemistry. Chocolate contains the chemical PEA, which causes a rush of euphoria and the release of a chemical called dopamine…the same chemical that is released during orgasm. Other foods that contain PEA include apples, avocados, tomatoes, almonds, and cheddar cheese.
On a related note, strawberries are extremely high in folic acid, which helps ward off birth defects and may be related to high sperm counts. Does this make chocolate-covered strawberries the ultimate sexy food? Try taking your next big date to a fondue restaurant and find out!
Fun Fact: In the 1600s, chocolate was considered to be such a powerful aphrodisiac that religious leaders banned monks and nuns from consuming any! As if chastity, poverty, and obedience aren’t already hard enough…
Other common aphrodisiacs include:
- Spices: ginger and ginseng increase circulation, and cinnamon and nutmeg are also rumored to increase sexual feelings.
- Almonds: almonds are nutrient-dense and are rich in zinc, selenium, and vitamin E, all of which are important for sexual health and reproduction.
- Arugula: the minerals and antioxidants packed into dark, leafy greens help block absorption of some of the environmental contaminants that are thought to decrease the libido.
- Citrus: any fruits in the citrus family are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and folic acid, all of which are important for men’s reproductive health.
Finally: wine. A good bottle of wine can relax you and your partner, but it is very important not to drink to excess. The most obvious and important reasoning behind this is issues of consent, but excessive alcohol consumption can decrease DHEA, which is related to sex drive, as well as testosterone, making it difficult or impossible to achieve an erection. In other words, it can have the exact opposite to the desired effect!
Speaking of Which…
In addition to these aphrodisiacs, there are also foods that can result in a less pleasant sexual encounter. Meat, for example, tends to be high in saturated fat and cholesterol. This can lead to type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, all of which are health conditions that can affect blood circulation and sexual function–the same is true of fried foods such as french fries.
As if that weren’t bad enough, some studies suggest that eating meat results in unattractive body odor. In a small study in 2006 published in Chemical Senses, 17 men were asked to eat either a meat or a non-meat diet for two weeks. Women were then asked to rate the attractiveness of the men involved based on scent alone. The majority preferred non-meat-eaters.
Sex With Food
Food can, of course, be used during play as well as in preparation for it. Whether that means using up a can of whipped cream, licking chocolate syrup off your partner’s body, or utilizing food items as sex toys is up to you and your partner(s).
If you do use food as a sex toy–particularly for penetration–be aware that most foods you purchase from a supermarket will have loads of pesticides on them, so you should definitely wash them first. Probably peel them, too, just to be on the safe side. And use a condom. Additionally, you should not use food items for anal play, as they lack a base and are not safe for anal penetration.
However you choose to play, be safe, and have fun!