This Valentine’s Day, set the mood with food! Consider making a meal that’s not only considered romantic but also is packed with nutritional benefits. Although there is little scientific research to support any claims of certain foods making people affectionate, their reputation alone might help raise your loved one’s eyebrows.
Seeds of love: Mythical legend credits Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, with planting the first pomegranate tree -- representing beauty, abundance and fertility. In reality, pomegranates can help prevent or treat conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and hyperglycemia. Start your meal off by serving your dearest a heart-healthy Pomegranate-Apricot Sparkler.
A is for … You might still be thinking about Aphrodite, but we’re talking tender stalks of asparagus. Asparagus is a good source of essential vitamins, including vitamin K, which is vital to helping the body heal through promotion of blood clotting. According to the National Institute of Health, asparagus is effective as an aphrodisiac herb. Add Asparagus and Prosciutto Sicilian Flatbread to your dinner menu and see where it leads.
Mollusk lust: Oysters are legendary for being touted as a food that can heat things up – especially when eaten raw with a dash of hot sauce. The FDA says scientific evidence is lacking when it comes to such claims, however these shellfish are the best source of zinc, which helps the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses. There are, however, some risks associated with eating raw oysters, so be aware of them as you incorporate them into your Valentine’s meal.
Pass the passion, please: In addition to its provocative name, passion fruit’s nutritional punch includes potassium, which is known for increasing blood flow.
It fig-ures: Figs’ allure dates back thousands of years, including the fruit’s familiar biblical reference as Adam and Eve modestly sought cover with fig leaves. Figs still are bringing the heat, with some research noting its potential powers as a natural cancer remedy.
If these foods don’t set hearts aflame this Valentine’s Day, at least they’ll help the body in other ways.