Eating veggie just makes you feel more sexy!
With Viva! Founder & Director and Nutritional Therapist, Juliet Gellatley
What are the vegetarian foods that are considered to be aphrodisiacs?
Vegetarian diets are jam-packed with natural aphrodisiacs that will make your heart glow and other bits tingle too – such as asparagus, almonds, avocados, bananas, celery, hot chillis and dark chocolate, raspberries and strawberries. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of zinc, known to improve sex drive as they protect against impotence and infertility.
Why do you think so so many of the foods that are aphrodisiacs are vegetarian? (i.e vitamins or minerals etc)
Aphrodisiac foods have to get the blood pumping; this can be a problem for people who suffer from impotence. The main cause of which is blocked arteries, caused by fatty foods such as meat and dairy products. These foods clog up the arteries leading to and from the heart also block the blood flow to other vital organs! They also increase the risk of diabetes and obesity which are also linked to impotence.
On the other hand, a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, whole grains, pulses, nuts and seeds protects against blocked arteries, heart disease, stroke and many other conditions. They are also bursting with vital nutrients that increase energy and zest!
Can you recommend a vegetarian aphrodisiac dish?
Starter: Avocado and Smoked Tofu Salad (pictured right)
Mains: Asparagus and Celery Risotto – served with Green Salad, pumpkin seeds and vinaigrette
Dessert: Chocolate Chilli Mousse with sliced banana, raspberries and strawberries sprinkled with toasted almonds
Is a vegetarian lifestyle and diet in general more healthy (and/or amorous!) in comparison to a meat-eater's diet?
A healthy body is especially important for a healthy love life. However, a traditional Western type diet rich in meat and dairy foods can lead to impotence, bad breath, migraines and obesity. All of which tend to be potent passion-killers! So dropping animal products from the diet and going for a more plant-based diet rich in exiting tasty fresh fruit and vegetables can give lovers a new lease of life!