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10 Aphrodisiac Myths

        Health | Sexuality

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Avocado
Avocadoes might not make you a better lover, but they’re packed with vitamins and minerals. © olgakr/iStock/Thinkstock
Avocadoes might not make you a better lover, but they’re packed with vitamins and minerals. © olgakr/iStock/Thinkstock

What do you see when you look at an avocado? Well, the Aztecs called the fruit "ahucatl" -- which means "testicle." And in turn, a translation of that word is how we got the name "avocado." If you're wondering whether it was the shape of the fruit or its rumored ability to make great lovers, that part seems to be lost to the ages.

Like almonds, watermelon and other foods considered (by some) to have aphrodisiac qualities, avocados are good for your overall health. They contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in just one serving, along with monounsaturated fat — that's the "good" fat — and fiber [source: Zelman]. (Watch your servings, though, as they are calorie-dense.) But despite the health benefits and deliciousness, avocadoes aren't proven to cause any physiological changes specifically to release your inner Casanova.