Looking to spark up a fiery Valentine’s Day? Skip the cliché aphrodisiacs—oysters and chocolate are so last year—and try something healthy and revitalizing that will get you energized for the long night ahead. ProduceGuru.com, a comprehensive site on everything you need to know about fruits and veggies, suggests a plethora of new-school aphrodisiacs like figs and carrots—which Ancient Greeks believed to be a potent sexual stimulant. So slip on an apron (and possibly just an apron), hop into the kitchen with your Valentine and whip up something memorable.
By all measures, beans are a super nutritious food. They are high in fiber, high in antioxidants, and can help you maintain a healthy weight. But it may not be what you want to eat right before sex. "Beans are considered an anti-aphrodisiac for their gas causing abilities," says Rene Ficek, a Registered Dietitian who is also the Lead Nutrition Expert at Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating (SSHE.)
"Beans contain indigestible sugars that can make it down to our colon and function as prebiotics to feed our good bacteria, and make for a healthier colon. Before it ends up in our colon, these sugars reach our stomach, and the floating stools from trapped gasses make us feel bloated and gassy," says Ficek. Not a recipe for feeling sexy!
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