Thanksgiving is a sexy holiday, and Thanksgiving dinner, a sexy meal. Say what?
That's right: what happens at the Thanksgiving table has been proven to get the blood flowing, and we're not talking about your blood pressure. Many of the ingredients that go into turkey-day dinner are natural aphrodisiacs. Below are some of the top randiness-inducers, along with a few recipes that you may or may not want to include on the menu this November (depending on how close you're sitting to drunk Uncle Pete).
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Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkin pie does more than expand your waitline: it's also an olfactory sexual aphrodisiac. According Alan Hirsch, a neurologist at Chicago's Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, the aroma of pumpkin pie increases blood flow to the penis by 40 percent. It works even better when combined with the scent of lavender. And it's not just the smell that gives rise. When consumed, pumpkin provides a healthy dose of zinc, an element necessary for healthy blood flow and testosterone production.
Oysters: Oysters have a long-standing reputation as an aphrodisiac, and for good reason: they contain an enormous amounts of zinc, which, as mentioned before, is oh-so-important for testosterone production (read libido) in both men and women. For men specifically, it has been shown to improve both the longevity of an erection and the quality of sperm. With that in mind, here's an oyster stuffing with shitake mushrooms recipe from Epicurious.com, which packs a one-two punch with zinc-heavy mushrooms.