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Foods that put you in the mood: Fact or fiction?

During the month of love, there may be certain foods that could put you in an amorous mood. In fact, food science researchers continue to look for connections supporting some of these foods.

Named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, there is much folklore surrounding aphrodisiacs—certain foods said to spike your romantic side; think oysters, chocolate, artichokes or spicy chili peppers.

Experiencing an increased libido while eating these foods may be more of a placebo effect than anything else, but if a romantic dinner of oysters and chocolate-dipped strawberries is on the menu for you and your sweetheart, then why not?

While not necessarily the key to spicing up your love life, certain foods do have 'feel good' compounds, such as capsaicin in chili peppers that enhance bodily sensations or antioxidants in fruits like cherries, pomegranates and strawberries that improve blood flow.

A heart-healthy approach to food, such as the Mediterranean diet, combined with staying physically active is a winning combination to have you feeling your best and ready for whatever happens.

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