Here’s What Really Happens To Your Sex Drive When You Eat…
Here’s what really happens to your sex drive when you eat aphrodisiacs throughout the day
Oysters are commonly thought to be an aphrodisiac due to their high zinc content.
- An aphrodisiac is a food, drink, or drug that is thought to enhance or stimulate sexual desire.
- But there is very little scientific evidence to back up this claim.
- Most of the “proof” of aphrodisiacs’ effectiveness stems from old wives’ tales and anecdotal evidence.
- I ate aphrodisiacs for a day to see if it would impact my sex life.
- I was unimpressed with the sexual effect, but the food itself was pretty good.
If you have ever read a publication geared towards women, you have likely come across at least one article about aphrodisiacs.
According to INSIDER, aphrodisiacs are foods, drinks, or drugs thought to stimulate sexual desire. The key words here are thought to. The basis for deeming something an aphrodisiac appears to be rooted in a combination of ancient mythology (Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, rose from the sea, so many seafoods are considered aphrodisiacs) and individual anecdotal evidence more than anything else.
All the same, I am a young woman who experiences targeted advertising, which means that I have been exposed to aphrodisiac content more times than I can count. So, I decided to spend a day eating nothing but aphrodisiacs to see if it impacted my mood, feelings, or sex drive.
Before starting the experiment, I asked Caroline Apovian, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center, if there was any genuine science behind the concept of aphrodisiacs.
Unsurprisingly, there’s not much there.
“The science is not direct,” Apovian told INSIDER, adding that it’s more “associative.”
Basically, most supposed aphrodisiacs contain vitamins or minerals that are thought to enhance certain characteristics that might improve sex. But any scientific link between eating one type of food and the quality of sex one might have is tenuous at best.