There’s nothing like a good meal to make you hungry for some even better lovin’ (hold the references to sausage, bananas or melons, please!). The reason a night of wining and dining routinely leads to the horizontal mambo, is as much physiological as it is psychological. And if that sounds too scientific for you, consider this: certain foods and drinks get your sexual juices flowing, plain and simple.

Because there’s considerable urban mythology surrounding eats and their aphrodisiacal properties, we’ve laid (pun, intended) out seven of the sexiest foods whose consumption will help you consummate your relationship.  

That’s enough foreplay, let’s get to the main dishes:

Open sesame

No magic phrases needed when you eat sesame seeds as they pack plenty of sexual potency to help you plant, well, your seeds.  What’s even better, the benefits apply to both men and women so make sure you include sesame seeds in your next pre-coitus meal.

Listen up cougars, sesame seeds benefit estrogen production, antioxidant status and blood lipids,  which is particularly important for postmenopausal women.

And the zinc in sesame seeds benefits testosterone and sperm production which means men should want to load up.

Oysters: slippery when wet

The top of the food chain when it comes to sexual consumables has long been considered raw oysters, and with good reason. Oysters are among the highest in zinc and that means they’ll replenish what men lose during ejaculation (sperm is high in zinc!).

Additionally, the dopamine in raw oysters is said to boost your testosterone and libido for guys.

Without getting too graphic, the zinc in those slippery creatures also helps create lubrication as they are a natural remedy for vaginal dryness.

Cocoa for coitus

Besides the obvious fact that a box of chocolates is often a precursor to sweet lovemaking, there are real chemicals at play. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a chemical that makes you giddy with love-like sensations, while dark chocolate and its methylxanthines put your libido into overdrive. The dark stuff also is rich in anti-oxidants which help blood flow to your nether regions when needed.

Get wild with wild salmon

Actually, any fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids, like wild salmon, is a must when you considering bumping uglies as they will heighten your sense of pleasure (er, orgasm!) by improving your nervous system function. And we always thought the salmon made that courageous swim against the current to spawn. Turns out they just wanted some nookie!

‘A little vino would be keeno

There’s no denying that wine lowers our inhibitions thus improving our chances to wind up in the sack, with strangers even. But that’s only half the carafe when it comes to the story of how wine helps our sexual function. The resveratrol in red wine helps dilate blood vessels, which in turn increases our blood flow to your privates. More blood means more vitality in the bedroom. It also helps prevent clots, lessening the chances of a stroke while in the act, which is never pleasant.

Watermelon: both length and girth

Sorry for the subhead! (couldn’t help it). But yeah, watermelon is better than a wet t-shirt contest for amping up your sex drive. Its phytonutrients boost your libido and research has shown that the lycopene, citrulline, and beta-carotene relax and open up your blood vessels. One more time (and like the key to a Hollywood hit) – more blood more sex equal more fun.  

Almond Joy

Sometimes you feel like a nut. Other times, you just want sex. And almonds are the perfect ones for stimulating your sexuality. Its benefits come from the zinc and omega-3 fatty acids already described, plus selenium which helps with fertility in women and keeping testes and seminal vesicles healthy in the boys.