Dr. Ruth: If someone believed that mashed potatoes increased their sex drive, then I'd tell that person to eat mashed potatoes. Certainly there are foods that trigger pleasant memories, so-called comfort foods, so eating a personal comfort food might put someone in the mood for sex, especially if they were very tense.
JG: Jell-O pudding, regular Jell-O, certain types of gum, those wax lips you get during Halloween, most iceberg lettuce -- oh man -- Indian food sometimes.
Do you think shape has anything to do with arousal or is it more the nutrients in certain foods that cause a physiological response?
BC: I think that the phallic or vulvar appearance of some foods is completely responsible for their reputations as aphrodisiacs, e.g. bananas, oysters, avocados, carrots, cucumbers, figs. The nutrient factor may contribute to good health but it’s a real stretch to claim that they increase desire.
Dr. Ruth: Personally, if someone tried to feed me something in the shape of genitalia it would put me off that idea of sex for that evening, but again, each person reacts differently so if something like that worked for someone, great.