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We already know that there are many health benefits of chocolate, with recent studies proving both dark and milk chocolate, in moderation, can actually be good for you. There are also some other benefits of chocolate that are not as commonly known, one of them being the “myth” that chocolate is an aphrodisiac. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we wanted to explore this so we decided to do some “Googling”. Here are some interesting tidbits we found in our quest to learn the truth about chocolate and aphrodisiacs.
According to an article in Cosmopolitan magazine, 17 Aprodisiac Foods that Can Affect Your Sex Drive, chocolate is listed as number 6, with Dr. Dianne Hoppe, the medical resource for the article, detailing that the phenyl ethylamine (PEA) in chocolate is a stimulant that elicits excitement and a sense of well-being. In addition to the natural caffeine, the doctor recommends choosing dark chocolate for the heart health benefits as well.
So what is PEA? According to Wikipedia, it’s an organic compound, natural monamine alkaloid, and trace amine which acts as a central nervous system stimulant in humans. It’s also found in many other organisms and foods, chocolate being one of them. Another source states that it is a trace amine and influencer of many of the “happy hormones” such as dopamine and serotonin, which are two of the neurotransmitters responsible for your happiness. Being happy could definitely lead to “being in the mood” for love, couldn’t it?
Another article on WebMD.com suggests that even though there is no food that truly stimulates sexual desire, the mere suggestion of it can stimulate the love senses and put you “in the mood”! The article even outlines how the Aztecs believed chocolate was a powerful aphrodisiac. The article goes on to suggest that although we do not absorb enough of the PEA to actually affect our emotions, the taste and texture of chocolate is what feels sexy.
Back to the article in Cosmo, another food on the list of 17 are strawberries! The article states that according to legend “strawberries originated from the heart-shaped tears of Aphrodite after she learned of her lover, Adonis’s death”. Dr. Hoppe explains that the fruit is high in Vitamin C, which is important for the production of sex hormones and chemical neurotransmitters in the brain to increase libido. Wow!
What does all this mean for Valentine’s Day? According to our research on Google, pairing strawberries with chocolate could definitely be a powerful aphrodisiac. Our suggestion is to place your order now for our Chocolate Covered Strawberries so that you can present your lover with a combination that is sure to stoke the fires this Valentine’s Day. Even if the food is not an actual aphrodisiac, we know this gift will light the love in your Valentine! And, don’t fight the crowds, just place your order online by Monday, February 12th, give us the time you want to pick them up, and skip the lines on Valentine’s Day!
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Posted on 01/11/2018 by admin | No Comments
If your New Year’s resolution is to focus on your health, you probably think you have to give up all your favorite treats, like chocolate. We would like to share some very good reasons why you may not have to put down the chocolate quite yet! It’s been proven that there are actually several health benefits to eating chocolate. And we aren’t just talking about dark chocolate here. Research is now finding that all types of the rich, decedent, creamy, treat may have health benefits. Of course, as always, the recommendation is to enjoy in moderation, and as with any food, too much is never a good thing. BUT there are some seriously good reasons to eat just a bit of chocolate every now and then.
First, chocolate can lower your chances of heart disease and stroke. According to a study done by the University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry in Scotland, 100 grams of chocolate, which is about two bags of M&M’s or two chocolate bars, a day can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. The study was reported on by the Huffington Post, and concluded that people who ate chocolate regularly were 11% less likely to develop heart disease, and 23% less likely to suffer a stroke. So, break out the nightly chocolate and glass of red wine, because science says they’re healthy.
Next, we found that chocolate can lower blood pressure. Chocolate contains flavonols, which are naturally occurring compounds within chocolate. These have been suggested by some studies, such as the one noted above by the University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry, to affect blood by making platelets less sticky and improving blood flow to the brain. This means that blood can circulate better and ultimately affect blood pressure as well. There are less flavonols in milk chocolate than in dark chocolate, but the benefits are still there.
Research also show that chocolate can slow signs of aging. According to studies done by Cornell University in New York, chocolate can reduce signs of aging. This is due to one of the antioxidants that is naturally occurring in chocolate, epicatechin. This actually affects the brain and has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia. Other antioxidants also reduce the risk of arthritis and can ease the pain of arthritis.
Did you know chocolate can help fight the common cold? Antioxidants, got to love those little guys, in chocolate can fight the common cold, or at least help. Phenolics, was found to help ease symptoms of the common cold and help boost the immune system. Between this, and chocolates ability to help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, what more could you need?
In moderation, chocolate can be healthy and provide some serious health benefits, so it’s okay to satisfy your craving once in a while, without breaking your New Year’s resolution! If you want to reap the benefits of chocolate, Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe can help! All our chocolate is home-made, so it’s always fresh. And we can make custom orders of dark, milk, or white with all your favorite combinations, like chocolate covered pretzels, hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries, or assorted chocolates with nuts and fillings. Visit our new website for all your chocolate needs, or you can stop by our shoppe in Middletown! After all, it’s good for your health!
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