Is chocolate better than sex?


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It was Pamela Anderson who said that chocolate was better than sex. Well, there is proof now that chocolate is better than at least kissing.

 

Dr. David Lewis, a neuropathologist, led a study in which he gathered 12 young adults and hooked them up to electrodes and had their heart rates measured as they consumed dark chocolate and as they kissed their partners they were in a relationship with. The electrodes were placed on the tops of their heads in order to observe their brain activity and heart monitors were used to measure their heart activity. Without chewing the chocolate, the volunteers the scientists know when it began to melt. Then, the couples came into the lab to kiss each other. Lewis found that as the dark chocolate melted on their tongues, it caused a buzz that in a lot of cases, last 4 times longer than the buzz from the make-out session. If that wasn't crazy enough, the scientists noticed that as the chocolate slowly to melt on their tongues, all of the regions of the brain received an intense spark that blasted away the kind of boost the volunteers got from kissing. The article said in spite of the opinion that women like chocolate more than men, the effects were equal in both sexes. Dr. Lewis was very surprised by the results. He said, " While we fully expected chocolate--especially dark chocolate-- to increase heart rates due to the fact it contains some highly stimulating substances, both the length of the increase together with the powerful effects it had on the mind were something none of us anticipated." It also said that chocolate contains a number of substances that give 'natural highs', including phenylethylamine, which is produced by the body when people are in love, and theobromine. It also contains caffeine.

 

Love of all things chocolate isn't just a modern thing: the Mayans had a sweet tooth for it too. According to this site, "were the first true chocolate aficionados, treasuring cacao as a restorative, mood-enhancing cure-all.  It became an integral part of their society, used in ceremonies, given as gifts and incorporated into their mythologies. Burial tombs have been found that contain offerings, including ancient potteries that bear witness to cacao's importance.  The vases are covered with paintings showing Mayan gods fighting over beans and kings waiting to be served cacao creations.

 


  Okay, so chicks like chocolate and our love of chocolate goes back centuries. So the next question is, does eating chocolate help your sex life? According to this article, yes! There are researchers who claim that women who eat candy chocolate actually have a better sex life than women who do not. The research shows that chocolate eating females have higher levels of desire, higher levels of arousal and obtain more satisfaction from their sex lives. Thus, chocolate or chocolate bars have a positive physiological effect on women. Dark chocolate is particularly being connected with a healthy sex life. Researchers always believe that there are other added effects of chocolate like reducing anxiety and helping a woman through her period.


So ladies, even men, next time your feeling stressed or even if you want to spice up your sex life, don't feel so guilty about unwrapping that next chocolate bar. I mean, its for your health...

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Ha so interesting! As a psych major many of my classes talk about this kind of stuff. The interesting thing about it is that valentine's day most women get both of those ;) haha so does that mean twice the luck? Lol very interesting!

Great article! I could see how the chemicals released in chocolate can have an effect like that. I also find the study of aphrodisiacs to be interesting and related to both chocolate and types of food to sex.
Here is an article looking at natural aphrodisiacs for men and women.

Very interesting! This explains why chocolate is considered one of the best aphrodisiac's and it also explains why women love it so much. The reason chocolate works so well is because it contains two key arousal ingredients which are tryptophan, a building block of serotonin, which is a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal and phenylethylamine, a stimulant related to amphetamine, is released in the brain when people fall in love. So I would definitely have to agree with your statement, maybe ill grab a chocolate bar myself.

For more information check out this article
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/18/health/18real.html

I guesss chocolate has always been the preferred 'type' for women. It does seem to make them at ease. And as mentioned above, it psychologically good for women. Surprising even men are mentioned, that chocolate is good for them. I never heard that before. I always thought this discussion was mostly for women.

I love when studies come out with results that mean eating something tasty can have positive health benefits! This is an interesting idea that I have heard of before but have not looked into in more depth. I wonder what the implications of the findings from this study could be. Will chocolate be used as a therapy for couple who are having relationship problems? Will we see an increase over overweight people because they are eating too much chocolate since they believe it will give them better sex? There are always consequences that inhibit the widespread use of findings such as these. Although it would be nice if eating a piece of chocolate before having a sexual encounter with a partner would guarantee better sex!

Very interesting! This explains why chocolate is considered one of the best aphrodisiac's and it also explains why women love it so much. The reason chocolate works so well is because it contains two key arousal ingredients which are tryptophan, a building block of serotonin, which is a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal and phenylethylamine, a stimulant related to amphetamine, is released in the brain when people fall in love. So I would definitely have to agree with your statement, maybe ill grab a chocolate bar myself.

For more information check out this article
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/18/health/18real.html

Chocolate is extremely interesting, especially because there is still a lot that is unknown. The chocolate drink that the Maya nobles enjoyed does not sound nearly as good as the chocolate treats that we have today. I wonder what other health benefits are brought on by chocolate?

Chocolate is extremely interesting, especially because there is still a lot that is unknown. The chocolate drink that the Maya nobles enjoyed does not sound nearly as good as the chocolate treats that we have today. I wonder what other health benefits are brought on by chocolate?

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