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Sexual Superfoods: Aphrodisiacs

strawberry.jpgIf you’re on the prowl for a healthier love potion this Valentine’s Day, the experts at FruitandVeggieGuru.com have an intriguing tip: replace that box of candy with a bag of carrots, a batch of bananas or a “lover’s salad” of fruits and veggies straight from your neighborhood grocery store.

FruitandVeggieGuru.com recommends that you set the table for seduction with items like:

Apples:

Thanks to Eve, apples have a long history as the fruit of temptation. In Europe in the Middle Ages, for example, it was said that a woman who wanted a particular man had to sleep with an apple under her arm and persuade the object of her desire to eat it the following day.

Artichokes:

Simply eating an artichoke is a sensual experience, from stripping and dipping the leaves to slowly scraping the flesh off with your teeth. Catherine de Medici ate prodigious volumes of this vegetable and fed them regularly to her husband, King Henry IV, in part because of her belief in its aphrodisiac qualities. And Marilyn Monroe was the first Queen of the Artichokes even before she was anointed the ultimate sex goddess. That couldn’t be a coincidence.

Asparagus:

Legend has it that asparagus “stirs up lust in man and woman,” as one long-ago herbal medicine proponent put it. One reason may be its shape. Another may be its nutrient profile, which includes ample doses of Vitamins A and C, calcium, iron and potassium. In any case, 19th century French bridegrooms were required to eat several helpings of asparagus because of its reputed love powers.

February 14, 2008 | By | Reply More

Chocolate Brownies

Learn how to make chocolate fudge brownies with startcooking‘s new recipe video.

Although this isn’t technically Valentine’s Day themed (unless you count the chocolate), it’s still a great video recipe!

February 14, 2008 | By | Reply More

Rats Steal Tarts – 2008 Chinese New Year

“Rats Steal Tarts” – A stop motion animation for the Chinese New Year 2008 celebration, the year of the rat.

Produced by Adrian and Cheryl Lee.

February 14, 2008 | By | Reply More

Beetroot ‘may cut blood pressure’

The key beneficial ingredient appears to be nitrate, which is also found in green, leafy vegetables. The researchers found that in healthy volunteers blood pressure was reduced within an hour of drinking the juice. The study, by Barts and the London School of Medicine and the Peninsula Medical School, could suggest a low-cost way to treat hypertension. Previously the protective effects of vegetable-rich diets have been attributed to their antioxidant vitamin content. While it took less than an hour to note a reduction in blood pressure in the beetroot juice tests, it was more pronounced after three to four hours and a degree of reduction continued to be observed for up to 24 hours, the report published on the online journal Hypertension said.

[BBC]

February 12, 2008 | By | Reply More

Cooking With Coolio – Coolio Caprese Salad [NSFW]

It seems Coolio (the rapper) is now a gourmet chef with his own cooking series.

In this video Coolio makes his famous Caprese Salad.

A bit on the not-safe-for-work-side (language), but entertaining and informative nonetheless.

[My Damn Channel]

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