Is Chocolate an Aphrodisiac?

Oysters, strawberries and chocolate. What do these foods have in common? Allegedly, the fact that they are aphrodisiacs. Yes, it is claimed that all of them are capable of increasing our sexual desire. But is it true? We chose to try to find the answer regarding chocolate.

We have always associated this food with aphrodisiac characteristics, is something that comes from the past of western culture. However, the truth is that chocolate is one of the most complex world, making it really difficult to try to understand exactly all the effects it produces on our body. Yes, it is known that this ingredient contains flavonoids – antioxidants belonging to the same family as green tea and of red wine – and that, the darker it is, the greater its antioxidant power, something that greatly benefits our health.

Once upon a time, it was proven that the “candy of love”, as we can also call it, produced natural opiates (precursor substances of well-being) in the brain. This fact may also be linked to its aphrodisiac nature, although there is no certainty.

Scientists argue that the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate are due to some chemical ingredients it contains: tryptophan, a component of serotonin (a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal) and phenylethylamine (also known as the “passion hormone”), which is released in our brain when we fall in love. Despite this, it is believed that the amount of these substances in chocolate is not significant enough to have a considerable effect on our sexual desire.

Most of the studies carried out to try to reach more assertive conclusions on the topic of increasing libido through chocolate do not prove this ability on a significant scale. Added to this is the fact that researchers believe that this quality that we attribute to this food is merely psychological, and not something that can be seen in physical terms.

The good news is that, even if chocolate isn't the sexual desire booster they've always tried to sell us, we can continue to use it to add a special touch to our romantic encounters – it will never stop being a sensual food. . So, don't give up offering or receiving the traditional box of chocolates on Valentine's Day, because, in truth, it's not chemicals that make us more capable of loving and making others feel good.

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