Almost any dessert can entice our taste buds, but you might not realize your sweet tooth can guide your sex drive.
Dr. Dae Sheridan, a USF professor and clinical sexologist, says there is an obvious connection.
"It's luscious and delicious and sweet and it's tender and delightful, and all of those words are reminiscent of how we talk about sex," she says. "Chocolate is a good to boost your mood, emits oxytocin, which is a bonding hormone, and serotonin, which gets you very excited and makes you feel that sense of connection and calm."
She says new twists on old favorites can add heat to your relationship, pointing out a chocolate with hot chili peppers and cherries.
But to truly tantalize, you might focus on your sense of smell. Dr. Dae says spices can help.
"If you take your nutmeg, your cinnamon, your vanilla, and put it all together, you are going to have a super food to super spice up your libido," she said.
That perfect libido-launching combination makes up your fall favorite: pumpkin pie.
"Pumpkin is also known as an aphrodisiac, since the sense of smell, the olfactory sense, is most connected to sexual desire and arousal, the smell of pumpkin pie is known to increase blood flow to the genitals in both sexes," Sheridan explained.
In one study she says it's known to raise blood flow by 40 percent.
"The scent of pumpkin is known to increase arousal in women. The pumpkin pie is like the perfect combination for great sex," she added.
A super-food to consider throughout the year -- and pumpkin seeds, can help too!
Pumpkin seed and seed oil have been implicated in providing many health benefits, which are attributed to their macro- and micro-constituent composition. They are a rich natural source of proteins, phytosterols , polyunsaturated fatty acids , antioxidant vitamins such as carotenoids and tocopherol and trace elements, such as zinc. It is also contains 40.4-55.6% of linolenic acid: LA; 18:2 n-6, ω-6 fatty acid.
Dr. Dae Sheridan
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