Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Aphrodisiacs

Looking for a little help with the romance action this weekend? The New York Times has you covered with an in depth exploration of everything we know about edible aphrodisiacs. Pretty standard stuff overall, but then there's this:
In one small experiment on sexual response to food scents, vaginal and penile blood flow was measured in 31 men and women who wore masks emitting various food aromas. This was the study that found men susceptible to the scent of doughnuts mingled with licorice. For women, first place for most arousing was a tie between baby powder and the combination of Good & Plenty candy with cucumber. Coming in second was a combination of Good & Plenty and banana nut bread.

The study, conducted by the Smell and Taste Research Foundation in Chicago, also found that the aroma of cherries caused a sharp drop in excitation among women, as did the smell of meat cooked over charcoal.

So gentlemen stock up on the Good & Plenty this weekend, because remember... this is SCIENCE! As a side note, I'm glad I don't have to recruit subjects for sexual arousal studies.