Even though Feb. 14 is supposedly the most romantic day of the year, Valentine's Day doesn't have to mean getting frisky. It's totally cool to spend the day showering yourself with self-love (if you know what I mean), or simply throwing the best galentine's party you can imagine. But if you want to put a little extra oomph into your Feb. 14 plans with a partner, trying some of these foods that actually boost your libido might help to keep things extra spicy.
Figuring out what qualifies as as aphrodisiac isn't super cut-and-dry. Some foods can be linked directly to sexual arousal, while others are said to support your sexual health. “Consuming aphrodisiac foods may increase blood flow to the genitals, release natural bio-chemicals in the body to help you feel more aroused and relaxed, or provide nutrients that improve the health of the sex organs,” clinical sexologist Kat van Kirk, Ph.D., author of the book The Married Sex Solution,told Women's Health.
There's a bit of a disclaimer here, though: While these foods are tasty and have been found to promote ~getting in the mood~ in some way, each person's individual body will react differently, so Keith Ayoob, EdD, RD, FAND, a nutrition expert and associate clinical professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, suggests you take these recommendations with a grain of salt, and figure out what works for your body. "A big sex organ is between the ears: your brain," he tells Elite Daily. "If eating a particular food makes you happy, then you may be more likely to feel frisky."
So, if you can't explain why Flamin' Hot Cheetos get you in the mood, but you just know they do, more power to you, friend. But if you want to give these delicacies a try, too, it certainly won't hurt.