Is Chocolate Really an Aphrodisiac?

Posted on 02/07/2018 by admin   | No Comments

chocolate aphrodisiacWe 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!