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Fact or Fiction: Strange Aphrodisiacs
by Staff
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration might not love the idea of aphrodisiacs, but that hasn't stopped plenty of people from trying to use certain foods to spice up their love lives. Take this quiz to see if you know which foods are purported to intensify sexual desire and set the stage for a wild night or some afternoon delight.

Arugula, or Eruca sativa, is known in some parts as "rocket" for a reason.

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  • Almost fact: It's actually a dollop of dill that supposedly gets guys raring to go.

Chomping on pigeon meat has a reputation for improving performance in the bedroom.

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  • Almost fact: It's actually the sparrow that's supposed to be able to steam things up.

Nibbling on some lovely water lilies is said to put ladies in the mood.

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  • Almost fact: While water lilies won't work, legend has it a little watercress will.

The Aztecs thought avocadoes grew in a rather suggestive manner, so they considered them an aphrodisiac.

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  • Almost fact: The Aztecs honored the potent potential of chili peppers, but passed on avocadoes as an aphrodisiac.

Carrots have a reputation for more than just the gift of good eyesight. Apparently ingesting them can also make a prospective mate pretty easy on the eyes.

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  • Almost fact: Carrots have been considered an aphrodisiac, but the idea behind it had more to do with their provocative shape than anything else.

Oysters have been an exceedingly popular aphrodisiac for centuries, and they're treasured treats for the same type of visual logic that earned avocados a spot in the pantheon.

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  • Almost fact: Oyster adoration is purely based on the physical reaction that occurs upon ingesting them.

A little licorice is just what a lady needs to get ready for some lovemaking.

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  • Almost fact: Licorice is a smart bet, but guys are the ones who should sample the goods.

An apple a day might help keep the doctor away, but it could also work wonders when trying to attract a mate.

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  • Almost fact: Apples might be healthy and tasty, but they've never been considered particularly amorous.

Legends of fire-breathing salamanders stem from the creatures' perceived ability to heat things up in the boudoir.

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  • Almost fact: Salamanders were prized for creating a sexy atmosphere, but that's not the root of their fiery mythology.

Olive Oyl was on to something . It turns out olives are another food believed to help set the stage for seduction.

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  • Almost fact: Forget the olives, it's figs all the way.