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Valentine’s Day: shellfish and the truth of the myth of aphrodisiacs

Lima, February 14, 2022Updated on 02/14/2022 07:45 am

Although love is the best stimulant, there are many who claim that shellfish have a special aphrodisiac effect. Nothing loses who tries to know the virtues of these marine foods this February 14thValentine’s Day.

They are named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, and are often associated with lust, romance, and libido. Many couples say that most of the seafood dishes have taken them to other levels in terms of their love performance. What are these shellfish known to cause these effects? Is it a myth?

On many occasions, couples look for special dates – such as the day of love – all kinds of foods that raise their temperature and make them more daring than ever. Shellfish have achieved a certain fame due to the similarity of the shape and texture of some of them with the female sexual organ.

Among the Peruvian dishes noted for stimulating passion among lovers are black shell ceviche, sea urchin ceviche, shrimp chupe, tiger milk, panther milk, chalaca mussels, etc.

Black shell cebiche.  (Photo: Archive/Commerce)
The shrimp chupe is one of the most representative of Arequipa's cuisine.  (Photo: Diffusion)

How true is it that shellfish are aphrodisiacs?

The clinical psychologist of the PUCP Christian Martínez Monge, who is also a sexologist and couples therapist, points out that there is no scientific study that shows that there is any type of food that increases sexual desire. “This obviously applies to shellfish,” it states.

“What has been found is that there are a series of foods such as shellfish, which -through the centuries, myths and beliefs- have earned the fame of increasing sexual desire… Unconsciously we are conditioned that if we eat seafood we perform better sexually… That it works for one does not mean that it will work for the other”, add.

The sexologist points out that because shellfish have amino acids among their components, they reduce stress situations. “From the psychology of having better sexual performance or maintaining your desire is stress control, obviously there is a correlation,” points out.

Source: Elcomercio

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