Don’t serve these foods on Valentine’s Day or at any romantic meal
We are all about romance. And although we think it should be celebrated year-round, we know that one day in February is the prime target of most Americans romantic gestures. What you plan on Valentine’s Day is up to you. Our site is full of suggestions that will help Cupid’s arrow hit the bullseye, (like this romantic menu with recipes from Chef Diane Brown.)
However, for those of you who decide to stray from our recommendations into uncharted waters, we want to warm you of some common mistakes we see both home cooks and professional chefs make on Valentine’s Day. Because just as there are ingredients linked historically or psychologically with romance, there are also choices that are sure to carry you down the winding path of remorse. Here are some hints to help keep you from turning February 14 from the night of romance into a the night of dueling food comas.
If you’ve ever caught one of my radio or live appearances, you probably already know about this one. When it comes to romance, I’m anti-steak. The meat is harder to digest than many forms of protein. So your body works a little harder to break down your meal. But that’s energy you don’t want to waste on digestion. You want it for much more gratifying activities.
At the same time, protein–and this goes for any protein rich food, not just beef–contain amino acids that cause the body to produce serotonin.w At the end of a long day, that extra serotonin is likely to make you feel drowsy. In addition, consumed in excess, steak can knock male hormone levels out of balance.
Did you know that both Corn Flakes and Graham Crackers were invented to reduce sexual desire? A little sugar is a sweet tease but an overabundance causes a sugar spike (which can, admittedly, be fun), followed quickly by a depressing crash.
Anyone who passed eighth grade health class understands the effect of sugar, but what you may not realize is that the crash is followed by a drop in testosterone. And this hormone irregularity can negatively impact both the male and female libido. This doesn’t mean you have to skip the sweets altogether. But keep the portions small, like a dark chocolate truffle or two or an etherial soufflé, to ensure desire stays on a high.
Deep fried food in general is bad for your sex life. The saturated fats found in deep fried foods can impede blood flow, making orgasm difficult, if not impossible. As for the chicken part, that’s just my personal prejudice. It is hard to look seductive on Valentine’s Day while gnawing on the greasy, disembodied leg of a bird.
A glass of Champagne, even a classic cocktail can help make a romantic meal complete. But there are only two reasons to do shots. The first is to anesthetize. The second is to get drunk as quickly as possible. In neither case has the alcohol helped prepare you for a romantic interlude.
The use of aphrodisiacs is all about heightening the senses and priming the body for action. Drunk and numb, your mind and body are essentially useless. So skip the shots on Valentine’s Day and invest in a lovely bottle of wine with the potential to seduce and delight.
More foods to avoid on Valentine’s Day
Other foods with purported anaphrodisiac effects include: hops—sorry, no Valentine’s keggers; marjoram; coriander; licorice and, the most famous libido killer of them all, saltpeter.
For some inspiration on foods you SHOULD serve on Valentine’s Day or any romantic occasion, check out our guide to the world’s greatest aphrodisiac foods.
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