chocolate affect your sex life?
by Shalin Popat
From the time the first coca beans were
harvested by the Mayans, there has been the belief that chocolate has a
euphoric impact on the body's senses. The conquistadors saw the Emperor
Montezuma of the Aztecs consuming a large quantity of cocoa in the form
of a beverage called chocolate before entering his harem. The invading
Spaniards spread the Emperor's belief that cocoa was an aphrodisiac and
brought it to Europe. This belief was also shared by one of history's
most famous lovers, Giacomo Casanova.
Since then, the use of chocolate as part
of the mating ritual has been firmly established. . More recently it has
been shown that not only does chocolate increase the sexual appetite but
also produces a sense of elation similar to an orgasm. It has only been
in recent times that scientists have unraveled chocolate's psychotropic
properties and the effects it has on us. Chocolate has been found to
contain modest amounts of the stimulants caffeine and theo-bromine,
(much less than in coffee or tea) Chocolate is also known to generate
increased levels of serotonin, a chemical naturally produced by the
brain, which is known to reduce anxiety. Serotonin is most commonly
associated with the effects of marijuana or getting 'stoned' (you would
have to eat 25lbs of dark chocolate at once to achieve the same effect).
Neither of these properties by themselves
provides the connection between eating chocolates and heightened sexual
pleasure. It is in fact the rush of endorphins produced by eating
chocolates, particularly dark chocolates, which is most similar to the
bliss associated with a healthy sexual relationship. Chocolate also
contains phenyl-ethylamine which is known to stimulate the release of
dopamine into the pleasure centers commonly associated with an orgasm.
In addition to this scientific evidence,
a great deal of behavioral research has been done to study the sexual
behavior of women who eat a lot of chocolate and those who don't. The
conclusion of this is that women who consume large quantities of
chocolate have more satisfying sex lives. However the reverse
correlation could also be assumed where women with satisfying sex lives
tend to eat more chocolate.
Despite the fact that the relationship
between sex and chocolate can't be proven with 100% certainty, the
scientific evidence combined with behavioral studies provides a
compelling argument for cocoa's impact on our sexual drive - it is
convincing enough for chocolate to have become a part of my daily diet!
I recommend that you buy chocolate with a
high cocoa content which taste better and do not contain extra sugars
and oils like candy bars found in most shops. My personal favorite, Neuhaus
chocolates, is an example of where you can get dark chocolate with a
high cocoa content and a resulting surfeit of pleasure. To paraphrase
the Song of Solomon, 'Stay me with flagons and comfort me with
chocolates, for I am sick with love'.
2005 – Sex Scrolls