Romantic and tooth-friendly?
Love is in the air in Iowa, but it could also be on your plate! Though food aphrodisiacs are mostly myth, there are some truths to them. For instance, food can awaken the senses. Certain foods can elicit romantic memories, and eating them can truly put your brain in a type of love spell.
So while you may be hunting for romantic dinner options come this Valentines Day, you may as well please your pearly whites. Some of the most sinful foods will make your teeth swoon, too. Cupid may use an arrow, but you can use a fork.
Oysters are the well-known aphrodisiac everyone giggles about. Oysters are rich in amino acids, which a recent study shows can help fight off plaque and film from your teeth. To keep the amino acids intact, make sure to enjoy them raw. Oysters are also high in magnesium, a mineral that strengthens teeth and increases circulation to keep your heart going strong.
These snacks are bringing sexy back. Almonds contain selenium, a nutrient with antioxidant and metabolism-boosting properties. There's good news for your smile, too — almonds are high in calcium, a mineral well known to strengthen teeth. Sprinkle them on a salad, or on a decadent dessert to sneak them in to your romantic meal.
• Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are the studliest of spuds. These naturally sweet aphrodisiacs are full of folic acid, a type of B vitamin that helps your body make new cells. Their vitamin C and beta-carotene promote healthy gums, and vitamin A helps your eyes keep their “look of love.” Sprinkle with cinnamon for a treat to make your heart flutter.
There's a reason for chocolate's decadent reputation. You can literally feel the love while you get your fix — chocolate contains serotonin, the “cuddle chemical.” And because it melts quickly in your mouth, chocolate is one of the best sweets for teeth.
What's the most romantic meal you ever enjoyed – tell us in the comments below!