The aphrodisiac power of sushi
According to Greek mythology, all fruits of the sea are the playthings of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. 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.
Both fish and seaweed boast nutrition that adds to the legend of their aphrodisiac powers. Oily fish, like salmon or tuna, provide mood-elevating Omega-3 fatty acids. And many seafoods 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!”
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 saucier things. To my knowledge, nobody has performed a clinical study on sushi and sex yet.
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.
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