May 17, 2018

Italian Aphrodisiacs (it's food-related)


Named after Greek love goddess Aphrodite, aphrodisiacs were identified by early civilizations and cultures that associated potency and virility with power and prosperity. Their fascination has lingered over millennia. Though science has yet to prove a link between rumored "romance remedies" and increased sexual performance, aphrodisiacs still thrive.

Sex can drive humans to brutal solutions. The extinction of the northern white rhino is due in part to the fine powder made from its horn which is considered a potent aphrodisiac. Other nonsense includes consuming animal testicles and turtles' eggs. Lack of evidence aside, the massacre continues.

Instead of decimating endangered species, the best way to heighten a romantic experience is simply to browse your pantry. Though science may shrug, some enzymes and vitamins contained in everyday foods do lend varying stimulant effects.

Italians like to think of themselves as fantastic lovers, ascribing their sexual prowess to their mamma’s cooking. If you agree, here's an alphabetical index of Italian aphrodisiac ingredients to include in your next date night menu.
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