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10 Aphrodisiac Myths

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Bananas
Bananas: full of potassium, and rumored to have sexual mojo. ©Baloncici/iStock/Thinkstock
Bananas: full of potassium, and rumored to have sexual mojo. ©Baloncici/iStock/Thinkstock

When the potato was introduced to Europeans in the 1500s it began a wave of vegetable-as-aphrodisiac mythology. There wasn't anything about the chemical makeup of the potato that was especially erotic; rather, it was the potato's phallic shape. By the 1700s, asparagus, carrots and even onions (which were thought to resemble testicles) were all considered to have aphrodisiac qualities based on their shape alone.

And then there's the banana, perhaps considered the most phallic of them all.

Bananas contain B vitamins and potassium, which your body needs to make sex hormones, but there's no evidence linking your sexual desire, performance or satisfaction to your banana consumption. Results from a small study by the Smell and Taste Research Foundation, however, suggest that if you want to use a banana as an aphrodisiac, bake it in banana bread. Women's sexual arousal increased by an average of 12 percent, according to their data, when they smelled banana nut bread combined with, oddly enough, the licorice candy Good & Plenty [source: Hirsch].


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