Perhaps the world's healthiest diet, the Mediterranean Diet is abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil. It features fish and poultry—lean sources of protein—over red meat. Red wine is consumed regularly but in moderate amounts. Make no mistake about it, what you eat and drink can change your mood and your entire state of being. We’re not just talking about wine! Many different types of foods and beverages we ingest directly impact our mental state and this has been proven over and over again. Don’t trust us? Eat McDonalds straight for a week and tell us how you feel after or try something that we’ve been turned onto as we’ve discovered more and more secrets of the Roman Empire and Magna Grecia. Both the Greeks and the Romans noted the use of different foods in hundreds of texts that caused emotional shifts in the characters of these texts. There are foods you can eat which it turns out can alter your mental state, give you more energy and have you feeling better about yourself and it turns out that Italians eat a great deal of these foods – almost constantly – in their diet. We’re not suggesting that Italians are more or less passionate, in-shape and happy people – but yeah – actually we are. They are! They eat a lot…. but if our research proves accurate, what they seem to be doing right is eating a lot of the right stuff and whether you want to call them Aphrodisiacs or not, the Greeks and Romans did and these foods we have included in the list below are grown in Italy and are staples particularly in southern Italian cuisine. https://www.italyvacationspecialists.com/blog/italian-aphrodisiacs-secrets-sicilyRead more »
Named after Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love, aphrodisiac foods are substances or ingredients thought to provoke or reinforce sexual desire. In ancient Egypt and Rome, people associated the shape of foods with aphrodisiac benefits. The belief was based on the idea that the food’s similarity to the shape of the genitalia was an indication of its virtues. Foods have also been celebrated as aphrodisiacs because they are rare and expensive, or surrounded by an aura of mystery, such as truffles, saffron, and even chocolate. Aphrodisiac foods can be stimulating for two reasons, either because they work on any of the five senses – scent, for example, can work as an enhancer of desire similar to essences used in perfumes -, or because of the effects they have internally in our body. Some herbs are known to be vasodilators – which open and expand the blood vessels -, or nerve tonics that enhance concentration and performance, while again others are known to provide a ‘feel-good’ effect, all effects that make them good candidates to be considered ‘Love foods’.Read more »
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One of the largest-ever studies of diet and its impact on mortality and cardiovascular disease made big waves when its findings were announced at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona this week. Topline takeaways from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology study (PURE), also published in The Lancet, were that high carbohydrate diets lead to higher mortality rates, while fats don't seem to have much of an impact on cardiovascular problems.