An insight into the allure of aphrodisiacs

Aphrodisiacs - the small, but powerful things that may (or may not) turn you on.

Imogen Clarke
9th December 2021
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Is the spirit of Aphrodite sat in a bar of chocolate? Not in my experience. However, it is scientifically proven that certain food, drink, drugs and other things stimulate sexual desire.

Pistachio nuts, for example, have been eaten since 6000 B.C. They improve blood cholesterol and stimulate better blood flow throughout the body. You can see where this is going. They also increase blood flow to the penis, allowing firmer erections! So get down to the co-op nut aisle next time you’re on campus. There is also chocolate, another renowned aphrodisiac, especially in women, however, there are no studies to support this (so I guess I was right!). Oysters are often joked about, but studies have only been performed on rats - so that’s everyone but my ex out of the question.

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Alcohol certainly helps people get in the mood - as many of us have witnessed in Soho on a Saturday night. It releases inhibitions and gives us the confidence to snog that randomer. However, too much alcohol leads to issues in the wood department, if you know what I mean. If you're into illegal drugs, MDMA makes you horny apparently! It’s nicknamed the “love drug”, and increases sexual arousal. Must be why it’s called ecstasy. However, this does not mean I condone drug use. And, it has also been linked to erectile dysfunction, which is counter-productive in my opinion.

So, should we believe in aphrodisiacs? Why not. Maybe we should all start to be more adventurous with food in the bedroom. Although maybe don’t drizzle your partner in chocolate and cashew nuts if they have a nut allergy.

My favourite aphrodisiac jokes for us all to enjoy:
• They say comedy is an aphrodisiac, so I guess when women laugh at me after sex it’s a good thing? Right?
• I’ve found a new aphrodisiac, it’s called “loneliness”.
• What food does an axe murderer think is the best aphrodisiac? Chopped dates.

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