Is sushi an aphrodisiac?
According to Greek mythology, all fruits of the sea are the playthings of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. In other words, according to the ancient Greeks, all seafood is aphrodisiac.
Sushi can take many forms. But what we eat in the Western World begins with vinegared rice and generally incorporates seaweed or fish/shellfish or both.
There isn’t any formal research to support it, but many sushi lovers believe that the sensual pleasure of slippery, cool fish over perfectly cooked rice can be a prelude to the bedroom lambada. To my knowledge, nobody has performed a clinical study on sushi and sex yet.
Sushi benefits to sexual health
So although I can’t point you to any long history of sushi as Japan’s aphrodisiac – or even modern folklore of sushi and sex around the globe, I can fill you in on why you might want to plan a romantic dinner that involves this traditional, Japanese treat.
Sushi health benefits vary, depending on what you’re serving. But many of the ingredients you’re likely to enjoy offer a variety of nutritional benefits.
Both fish and seaweed boast nutrition that adds to the legend of their aphrodisiac powers. Oily fish, like salmon or tuna, provide Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s are not only associated with their ability to elevate mood but they’re also associated with heart health. (And to be a good lover, you need to make sure your heart keeps your blood pumping!)
In addition, many seafoods including popular sushi items like crab and shrimp, offer zinc, not to mention the protein needed for sustained energy. Seaweed, the dark green wrapper enveloping sushi rolls, is an excellent source of vitamin E. And E is known as “the sex vitamin.”
Other ingredients that might come wrapped in a sushi roll, like avocado, asparagus and shiitake mushrooms are also not only considered aphrodisiac but offer nutrients that can support sexual health.
The added benefits of ginger & wasabi
But there is proof that sushi’s accompaniments offer powerful, aphrodisiac benefits. Both ginger and wasabi are considered “warming” ingredients for their ability to raise body temperature and bring an attractive flush to the cheeks. In potent enough doses, they can even cause your body to release endorphins. In fact, I put ginger so high on the list of potent aphrodisiac foods that it is one of the twelve ingredients I feature in my first book, Fork Me, Spoon Me: the sensual cookbook.
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Date night ideas sushi
One of our contributors, Diane Brown, points out that sushi can be a great food for a date night. In fact, she wants couples to make sushi together. Here’s her plan and recipes for a sushi making date night. And don’t worry, the plan includes learning how to make sushi rice.
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