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Can food boost your libido?

By Brierley Wright, February 10, 2009 - 3:36am

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Can food really boost your libido? The skeptic in me says it can’t be true, but the romantic part of me hopes that it is (especially this year when Valentine’s Day follows a week of stress and long days at work).

For centuries, people all over the world have been claiming that oysters, chocolate, chile peppers and more so-called aphrodisiacs—including asparagus, bananas, strawberries and you-fill-in-the-blank—stoke sex drive. With my romantic dinner plans on the line, I eagerly read the facts and fiction Milton Stokes, M.P.H., R.D., found when he looked into whether certain foods really can get you in the mood.

Before you stock up on “aphrodisiacs” for your Valentine’s dinner, check out the facts: Read on to find out if food can really get you in the mood.

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Brierley Wright
Brierley's interest in nutrition and food come together in her position as nutrition editor at EatingWell. Brierley holds a master’s degree in Nutrition Communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. A Registered Dietitian, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont.

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