Liquor-Free Valentine's Love Tips

By Anna David 02/13/12

You don't need to toast Champagne to have a romantic February 14, given the erotic power of oysters, chocolate and bananas.

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Valentine’s Day, like many a holiday, has a strong association with booze. Just ask the Missouri State Representative who, in 2010, tried to get some “Love Legislation” passed to allow restaurants and bars without Sunday liquor licenses to make an exception if Valentine’s Day fell on a Sunday. So does that mean that sober people should sit on the romantic sidelines and just toast tea? Not at all, says Chicago Healers practitioner Dr. Martha Howard, who came up with a list of a dozen foods that have an aphrodisiac effect. Included on the list are:

  • Chocolate—which releases dopamine in the brain’s pleasure center, inspiring attraction, excitement and euphoria
  • Almonds—which, for the child-minded, increase fertility
  • Asparagus—rich in folic acid, which boosts histamines that can allegedly enhance “performance”
  • Avocado—also high in folic acid as well as calming due to its B6 and potassium
  • Bananas—which supposedly boost male libido
  • Figs—said to stimulate arousal
  • Oysters—high in sperm-producing zinc 


"These foods are ideal for Valentine's because they're all celebratory," Howard tells The Fix. So what does she think is the most effective item on her list? "Chocolate," she says without hesitation. "It contains Phenylethylamine, which is considered the 'love chemical' because it causes a release of dopamine and brings on feelings of excitement and pleasure." Bring it on.

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Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of multiple books about overcoming difficulties and coming out on the other side: the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007) and Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), the non-fiction books Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010), Falling for Me (HarperCollins, 2011), By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and True Tales of Lust and Love and the Kindle Singles Animal Attraction (Amazon, 2012) and They Like Me, They Really Like Me (Amazon, 2013). Find Anna on LinkedIn and Twitter.