On this edition of “Andar ng mga Balita”‘s food segment, “Ano’ng Ulam Mo?”, we discussed aphrodisiac food, just in time for Valentine’s Day. These are foods that enhance sexual desire, and all physiological and mental processes related to it. Seriously, what’s Valentine’s Day without food that can fuel and ignite passion, if you know what I mean?
Monday: Certain vegetables are known to have aphrodisiac qualities. The real score is that they have nutrients that improve the production of sex hormones, strengthen the reproductive system, and stimulate libido and other sex-related functions.
Examples of these are asparagus, onions, lettuce, celery, carrots, and cucumber.
Featured dish: Asparagus in oyster sauce
Tuesday: Chocolates are always associated with love and feelings of love and well-being. That’s because they produce hormones that trigger good feelings. They also have brain-stimulating, anti-cancer, and anti-heart disease properties.
Featured dish: No dish today. I brought in a box of Ferrero-Rocher and some roses as props. 😛
Wednesday: Certain herbs and spices have subtle but very important sex-enhancing properties (such as improved blood flow and stamina) that can be unlocked if used or prepared properly.
Some examples of these can actually be found in your kitchen: garlic, chili pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and oats/oatmeal.
Featured dish: Bicol Express
Thursday: Folk medicine tells us about certain items that can enhance sexual prowess. While they do have nutrients or properties that enhance bodily functions related to sexual activity or libido, their direct effect on this is unclear.
Examples, are avocado, papaya, pineapple, lychee, banana, eggs, honey, oysters, and beef.
Featured dish: Adobong Balut, a twist on the aphrodisiac from hell. I cooked it myself.
Friday: In celebration of February as “Healthy Heart Month,” instead of aphrodisiacs, we featured food that are good for the heart. Eating these, along with proper nutrition, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle, will ensure that our hearts stay strong.
Featured dish: Pink salmon omelette. Salmon is rice in omega 3, while eggs contain hormones that help cope with stress. Carrots have Vitamin A, onions contain zinc and vitamin E, and garlic improves blood circulation.
Watch out next week for a bigger, better, more exciting edition of “Andar ng mga Balita”. Tune in to us every Monday to Friday, 6:30 to 7:30pm on Aksyon TV Channel 41!
Special thanks to Barby Pornea for the cover picture. Visit her DeviantArt page. Her artwork’s really great.