Many are wondering if chocolate really is an aphrodisiac! After all, chocolate is the traditional gift of love, but does it really stimulate our libidos? The truth is that pure cocoa contains specific chemicals that may indeed stimulate our desire. Scientists believe the aphrodisiac qualities can be linked to three specific compounds that are present: Phenethylamine, Tryptophan, and Theobromine. Phenethylamine is released in the brain when people fall in love, and stimulates our "craving neurochemical", dopamine. Tryptophan is linked with serotonin, also referred to as a "feel good" chemical, creating pleasure, soothing pain, and playing a role in sexual arousal. And, Theobromine is a type of stimulant (similar to caffeine) that also helps elevate our mood. These three together help create heightened sensitivity, and a sense of euphoria.
This finest quality of chocolate should definitely be considered, since studies have shown that the quantities of these certain compounds found in cocoa are only present in minimal amounts. Perhaps the quantity is too small to have an effect?! Let's consider the response of the chocoholic when receiving this sweet treat as a gift. It is said that 99% of women love chocolate, describe it as sinful, and some even prefer it to sex! You decide if calling chocolate an aphrodisiac is a bit of an exaggeration. The gift of chocolate has been a symbol of romance for many years. Even if it is only "in your mind,” eating this delectable goody does make you feel good, and just thinking about chocolate can arouse a pleasurable response!