Eat Up: Science Says Food And Sex Activate The Same Part Of The Brain

Have you met my boyfriends, Ben & Jerry?

Apparently Casanova-- the original Romeo--used to eat like 50 oysters for breakfast every day to increase his libido.

Do you love guacamole? Why do I even ask. Of course you love avocados. Well.... the Aztecs used to call what they grew from "testicle trees."

Pomegranates are the long known symbol for the Greek Goddess of love. Bananas look like, well, you know what, and figs are visually the most feminine fruit. It wouldn't be Valentines Day without chocolate, and have you ever wondered why red wine puts you in the mood?


That's because there's a direct link between food and sex. Why? Because both good food and good sex center in the brain. If you thought it was tall, dark, and handsome paired with a similar taste in movies that made for a good time in the sack, you were wrong.

According to Spoon University, "the brain is also the operating center for a complex network of neurotransmitters and neuroendocrine systems. These nerves, hormones and other chemicals are responsible for not only sexual desires but other responses, such as how you taste and react to food. Good food has similar neural pathways as good sex."

So if you're single, especially as Valentines Day is around the corner- fret not. Having a pint of ice cream might do the trick as well as a boyfriend can.


What do they have in common?

Well, food and sex both engage the 5 senses:

  • sight
  • taste (TMI)
  • touch
  • smell
  • and sound

They can also arouse great pleasure, and, if done incorrectly (or correctly, if that's your thing) pain. So, they have more in common that maybe you initially thought.


And both food and sex start with attraction. Have you ever looked at a dessert and actually started salivating?

Has that ever happened when you're swiping on Tinder too?

It's okay. We won't tell.


Ever notice your appetite changes when you're in love? According to Psychology Today, "when you first meet someone and are completely infatuated, often you lose your sense of hunger. Our bodies produce a chemical stimulant, phenylethylamine (PEA) as well as norepinephrine. They make our bodies feel alert, alive, giddy, excited - and many of us lose our appetite."

But, if you're cooking for your significant other, or want a list of foods that might make you feel "in the mood," here they are:

Sexy foods that have P-E-A (the sex hormone that causes euphoria)

  • apples
  • avocados
  • tomatoes
  • almonds
  • cheddar cheese
  • chocolate
  • oysters
  • pomegranates
  • figs

spices that increase arousal

  • ginger
  • ginseng
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg

(and, PS-- cardamom, peppermint, lemon and pineapple are supposed to help the taste of know what)

So-- why don't you get to eating!? But don't get too full, in case you want to you know what after.

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