chocolate has been revered not only for its delicious flavor,
but for its purported properties as an aphrodisiac. What is an
aphrodisiac? An aphrodisiac is something that increases sexual
arousal or excitement.
and hot chocolate
The Aztecs made hot drinks from chocolate –
they thought it was a drink given to them by the Gods -- and
believed in its power as an aphrodisiac; they shared their
chocolate and its properties with the Europeans when they
introduced them to this wonderful confection. The famed lover
Casanova is said to have drunk chocolate before seducing his
Chocolate's mood enhancing abilities
chocolate really have qualities to enhance romance and
attraction or is it all just a myth?
discovered that chocolate has two mood enhancing chemicals as
part of its makeup. These substances, Phenylethylamine and
Seratonin, both naturally occur in the human brain. When a
person is happy or experiencing pleasure – including the
pleasures of love and lust – the brain releases Phenylethylamine
and Seratonin into the nervous system. Once they are in the
nervous system, they can improve a person's mood, increase the
heart rate and blood pressure slightly and invoke pleasurable
and euphoric sensations throughout the body.
When a person eats chocolate, these
two chemicals act on the nervous system in the same way as they
do when the brain releases them. So, eating chocolate can induce
some of the same feelings that love does. In addition, chocolate
offers an energy boost. Part of this can be attributed to its
caffeine content, but the Seratonin also has an energizing
effect. This increased energy can also improve longevity and
stamina, which in turn frequently has the effect of increasing
libido. All of these effects have been scientifically confirmed.
So, technically chocolate is not an aphrodisiac because it is
not a direct sexual stimulant. Chocolate may also be addictive
for some people.
The stronger the chocolate...
It does not matter what kind of
chocolate you consume; it is all in the strength of the
chocolate. Whether you want to consume chocolate candy, a cake,
torte or a chocolate soufflé, you can enjoy some of the
delightful benefits of this treat.
The effects of chocolate
While the documented effects on the
nervous system do not necessarily make chocolate an aphrodisiac,
they do give it benefits similar to that of an aphrodisiac. In
addition, chocolate is delicious. So, a gift of chocolate or
sharing chocolate with a loved one may certainly enhance
feelings of love and romance. One interesting fact is that
chocolate has a stronger effect on the body chemistry of women
than it does on men. What does this mean to you? If you are
trying to invoke feelings of love in a woman, sharing some
chocolate with her may have a positive effect and it certainly
can't hurt! Worst case, you can give yourself a mood boost with
your own chocolate dessert.