Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Aphrodisiacs used in Romance

We've read about them and we've even tasted them. They're sweet, bitter, gritty, and sour. They're aphrodisiacs.  But do they really heighten romance?

As defined, an aphrodisiac is a food or drink that increases sexual desire. But do they really or is it just a fantasy? Is it just a fantasy effect at the mention of oysters or strawberries or does eating them really put you "in the mood?"

Some of the well known aphrodisiacs include oysters, chocolate, strawberries, artichokes, pomegranate, and even whipped cream.

Biologically speaking…

Oysters are high in zinc and zinc controls progesterone levels. This allows oysters to have a positive effect on the libido. Trust me, it's proven to work.

Chocolate, especially dark chocolate spikes dopamine which controls feelings of pleasure.

Strawberries are high in vitamin c which helps the blood flow to every part of the body.

Pomegranates are packed with antioxidants that also increase blood flow.

The artichoke's appeal comes from the couple pealing off the leaves and eating it together. As for whipped cream, there's no evidence it heightens a physical, biological response, but it sure is fun to play with, so I'd venture to say it's not about the taste, but the texture.

You'll find these aphrodisiacs in romance writing are used to heighten the mood and ambience of the scene. Vivid descriptions of red, plump strawberries dripping in sweet juices most certainly help to enhance the sexual tension between a couple.

Question for you:  In your romance writing, do you use aphrodisiacs? Why or Why not?   

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