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Eat. Play. Lust. [The sexy side of food]

Sex. Food.

Individually, both sex and food each has the magical ability of bringing people together. So, what happens when you pool the two into a single sexy and homogenous mixture? You get an aphrodisiac.

An aphrodisiac is defined as a food that may cause or increase sexual desire (thank you, Merriam-Webster). Yet, does anyone really know which aphrodisiacs work, or even, how they work?

Source: Last One Eating (WordPress)

Source: Last One Eating (WordPress)

Oysters are the best known aphrodisiacs. Many question the sensual effects of oysters, but the science nerd in me is about to come out and arouse your attention. Mother Nature surprised us all by housing two special amino acids within the zealous mollusks. Let’s just call them D-sexy and D-spicy. These two ardent amino acids stimulate the production of testosterone in males and progesterone in females. Now that you know a bit of the science behind the racy reaction, go out and get yourself some oysters! Since the East Coast Grill and Raw Bar, one of Boston’s top ten oyster bars, is located just three miles away in Cambridge, you have no excuse not to bring your bump-buddy there. If you’re gonna go for some oysters, I have three tips for you to keep in mind:

  1. Get them raw. D-sexy and D-spicy shrivel up in the cooking process, and let’s just say they won’t be the only things not working.
  2. The more the merrier. More means more! After a dinner that includes many oysters, you and your partner will be up for a different kind of dessert.
  3. Add hot sauce. Chilies are known to be sexual stimulants, so don’t be stingy on that tabasco! So, whether it is their D-amino acids or just the sensual and silky-smooth texture, oysters provide the perfect aphrodisiac to help induce the coveted climax.

While oysters are the quintessential catalyst to speed up any reaction from the restaurant to the dorm room, not everyone enjoys them. (As delicious as they are, oysters, among other shellfish, are an acquired taste). For those of you that are anti-seafood, I have other magnificent aphrodisiacs for you to taste as well!

Source: Photobucket

Source: Photobucket

Chocolate. Chocolates are the classic (if not overused) Valentine’s Day gifts. However, do not limit yourself to honing in on the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate just on the day of love! Halloween is just around the corner and is a great time to try out this aphrodisiac.  As soon as you and your partner bite into a decadent Hershey bar, serotonin will be released into your aching bodies. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that acts as an anti-depressant (and who knows, maybe you two will misattribute the happiness from the chocolate as happiness from being with each other!). So here are my “Tasty Tufts” tips when it comes to chocolate:

  1. You’re never too old to go trick-or-treating! Snatch as many Hershey Bars as you can because the more you take, the more you have for the rest of the year. You’ll be able to trick your desired partner into thinking the happiness and sexual arousal he or she feels is coming from you, and you’ll be in for the real treat all year round!
  2. Eat your chocolate with your anticipated bump-buddy. What good will it do if you are happy by yourself? (Remember, it takes two to tango!) So, go out and get your Hershey bars or fancy chocolates (I recommend L.A. Burdick in Harvard Square—these decadent truffles will surely make every part of you happy), and as the little girl from Grown Ups says, go and get “chocolate wasted!”

I’ll bet you never knew that pumpkin pie is not only delicious, but is also an aphrodisiac. While this aphrodisiac does not contain any special chemicals or compounds, it is said that just the smell of it, especially for males, increases the blood flow in all the right places. Not only is the aroma a natural sexual stimulant, but the pie itself contains ingredients such as cinnamon and vanilla, which are also known to be aphrodisiacs.  As for my “Tasty Tufts” tips, there are three that come to mind:

  1. Make sure to bring your promising partner to Dewick or Carmichael on nights they have pumpkin pie for dessert. (Hopefully, pie will only be your first serving of dessert!)
  2. If you miss pumpkin pie night in the dining hall or you’re somehow not hungry, buy a scented candle! The sweet smell of Thanksgiving will fill your dorm room and trigger the same sexual desire. Be careful though; you want your night to heat up in the sensual sense—not literally, so keep the candle away from your coveted duvet!
  3. Pumpkin pie is meant to be eaten. American Pie may leave you with a false conception on what to do with a pie, but if you want the full effect of the aphrodisiac, make sure it goes into the appropriate orifice!

Many other aphrodisiacs exist, such as garlic, ginseng, carrots, bananas and even asparagus and avocado. Each aphrodisiac acts to increase one’s sexual desire, but just because these are the most documented aphrodisiacs, that does not mean there aren’t any others out there. My last “Tasty Tufts” tip: find out what arouses you and what arouses your partner. Who knows, maybe cheese pizza or fried chicken will do the trick, but you will never know until you try.

-Jay Sheintop

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One Comment Post a comment
  1. Nice work Jay….I bet you put a lot of research into this!

    October 15, 2013

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