I flip open this month's Cosmo with the effervescent Whitney Port and her oh-so-whimsical hair on the cover. My eye is caught on an article titled "12 Ways to Feed Your Sex Drive" because, well...I love food and it's indubitably in my nature to stop at such an article; out of curiosity of course.

The first thing that caught my attention was the mention of avocados.

"[Avocados] churn out hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone, which circulate in your bloodstream and stimulate sexual responses," Cosmopolitan said.

Avocado, which I relate to quite well, is something I have been sort of obsessed with lately. A friend of mine turned me completely--no pun intended--on to avocado sandwiches and I have been hooked ever since.

Next on the list: hot chilies. To put it easily I have built up enough of a tolerance towards spicy food with my incessant need to douse everything in crushed red pepper that I could burn alive without a cinch of pain.

"Capsaicin, a chemical found in fiery peppers, increases circulation to get blood pumping," said the magazine. "[It] stimulates nerve endings so you'll feel more turned on."

Obviously any chili pepper loving girl who reads that is immediately going to say: "Now that explains it!"

The article goes on to mention Chocolate, oysters, pomegranates, red wine, salmon and walnuts, vanilla, bananas, and watermelon as other lusting foods that crank up that sex drive.

Reading the article to my friends, we all scour through the foods we all love and oh and ah in amazement at their powerful wonders we were so belittled to know of.

Cut to a day later I am on Oprah.com (please, do not ask me why) when an article strikes me...odd: Aphrodisiacs-Fact or Fiction? Hmm, you don't say?

Elain Magee, author of the article, says oysters could never arouse sexual drives the way they are said to.

"Oysters are made up of elements that cannot possibly chemically stimulate the genitals of either sex," said Magee. "Namely water, protein, carbohydrate, fat, some salts, glycogen and tiny amount's of minerals like potassium and calcium."

She goes on to mention that phallically shaped food--think bananas--have been linked to said sexual drives for their influential appearance.

So now that I read the Cosmo article and the Oprah article I am questioning the integrity of both. I thought to myself that next time I eat anything listed I should take note of how I feel afterward; however, now I feel a bit dense and pitiful for even fathoming a Snicker bar for "heightening my senses." Who was I kidding?

Even so, Magee discussed the appearance and shape of such foods that are said to contribute to these ideas of such sexual appetites:

"Smooth, rich, creamy, exotic, and spicy," Magee said.

Okay, so placebo effect much? Will it all be in my head now? Presumably so. I will continue to eat my avocado sandwiches doused in crushed red pepper and blame my sexual frustrations on my lunch.

"Sight, smell, taste and touch," said Magee, are the characteristics of these foods that drive our sexual tension into overload; not chemicals or vitamins found in them.

Source: Cosmopolitan May 2009 Issue
Aphrodisiacs-Fact or Fiction?


  1. Haha, I like to blame all frustrations on my food as well.

  2. P.S. I'm just skeptical of anything I read in Cosmo :)

  3. I'm eating an avocado as I read this. Seriously.




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