Popping Prawns: Why Shellfish Is A Lover’s Delight
Think of the perfect intimate dinner setting. Did oysters spring to mind with their potent aphrodisiac properties? Interestingly, nearly all shellfish contain aphrodisiacs, such as prawns. In fact, it has been observed that prawns are becoming increasingly served as romantic starters. So, are there any other reasons that could also explain their growing popularity?
Already packed full of important nutrients and vitamins, prawns are full of amino acids that act as neurotransmitters to the brain to promote sexual vitality. In addition, prawns also contain Iodine. This chemical is important in ensuring a healthy thyroid and basal metabolism, also known as the body’s natural metabolic rate. Low iodine causes thyroid secretion to reduce as well as basal metabolism. This reduces food conversion, which promotes excess fat storage and also causes to the sex drive significantly fall. This illustrates the importance of eating shellfish in general to maintain overall health, such as prawns.
Most prawns are reddish orange in colour. Indeed, our tiger prawns are naturally pigmented with a fiery orange. That, contrasted with white stripes, is incredibly eye-catching and alluring. Nicolas Guégan observed that men are inclined to find the colour red (and possibly its darker variants) as indicating a higher level of sexual intent. This provides an explanation as to why the femme fatale in films often wears red. The striking nature of the colour itself is not only associated with danger but also passion, desire, love and lust. This could signify why there is an increase in prawn consumption in respect to oysters which are grey.
Prawns are incredibly versatile. They can compliment and feature in any cuisine, and are also simple and quick to cook with. Likewise, Prawns ooze luxury and class. With those factors, it is clear why prawns make an impressive serving – considering they are cooked correctly and presented well.
Whether dominating a dish or simply adding fleshy texture, they can send tastebuds tingling purely by their taste. Prawn meat is renowned for really absorbing the flavour of any cuisine, making them deliciously tempting.
Sources and Additional Reading
- Prawn Aphrodisiacs (general)
- Prawn Aphrodisiacs II (general)
- Shaw, Carl., A.,(2014), ‘Genitalia of the Sea’: Seafood and Sexuality in Greek Comedy, Mnemosyne. Fourth Series, Vol. 67, Fasc. 4. pp. 554-576 (23 pages)
- Guégan, Nicolas., (2011) ‘Colour and Women Attractiveness: When Red Clothed Women Are Perceived to Have More Intense Sexual Intent’, The journal of psychology. Vol 152 (3) pp. 261-265.
- Walter, Eugene., (1961) ‘The Gumbo Cult’, The Transatlantic Review, No. 8, pp. 34-46 (13 pages)
- Johnstone, Hilary., Aprhodisiac Foods: Eat your way to Ecstasy. (London, 2000) (96 pages)
- Van Stretan, Michael., Superfeast, (London, 1958) p. 152. (306 pages)
About The Happy Prawn Co.
The Happy Prawn Co. is an independent, ethical brand producing 100% natural, 100% traceable Black Tiger prawns from Indonesia. Aimed at seafood lovers and foodies alike, the brand officially launched in 2018, but it’s the result of more than a decade’s dedication.
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