The aphrodisiac power of beets

Although at a glance or a nibble, this red root vegetable may not seem to be the most evocative of foods. But evidence of beets’ aphrodisiac power can be found as far back as sensually provocative murals on the ruins of Pompeii.

Need something more convincing? Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, ate beets to make herself more appealing. And, according to food historian Tori Avery, the ancient Romans sipped beet juice to promote that sexual feeling.

But it is a only in recent years that beets hit the big time as an aphrodisiac in the modern world. Why? Because in 2003, the British Government awarded a 126,000-pound grant to a farmer to market beetroot as the new secret to vitality. The root’s potency is in its high boron content, a mineral thought to influence the production of sexual hormones as well as improve the immune system.

Oh, and chew on this: Beetroot also shows evidence of isobutyl methoxy pyrazine, said to be the most powerfully stimulating smell on earth.

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