What Stimulates Love More: a Kiss or Chocolate?

Chocolate will give you a bigger buzz than a kiss! This was what a study discovered with couples in long-term relationships.

The study at Mind Lab had 6 couples in their 20s; they wore heart and brain monitors. Each person in the study placed a piece of dark chocolate on their tongue and let it melt without chewing. Later the couples kissed in the way they normally would. What the study found was that when the chocolate melted in the mouth, all areas of the brain were stimulated far more intensely, and the heart beat faster for longer than when they kissed.

“There is no doubt that chocolate beats kissing hands down when it comes to providing a long-lasting body and brain buzz. A buzz that, in many cases, lasted four times as long as the most passionate kiss.” said researcher Dr. David Lewis, formerly of the University of Sussex and now of the Mind Lab.

“In my opinion these scientists have underrated the effects…I’d say chocolate is probably at least 10 times better than any other known form of stimulation in existence. And the only thing better than a bar of chocolate is two bars of chocolate!” – Katharine Arnold, London – BBC Comment

Chocolate is well known for containing a ‘Love Drug’ because it triggers feelings of euphoria, attraction, and excitement, mimicking the brain chemistry of a person in love.

Also, it contains approximately 380 known chemicals, some promote serotonin production which boosts our mood and eases depression. They create a hormone rush, similar to the rush of love making as the pleasure center of the brain is triggered somewhat similarly to the peaks during an orgasm.

“….the taste of chocolate is a sensual pleasure in itself, existing in the same world as sex”
– Sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

Aphrodisiac Chocolate

An Aphrodisiac?

It has a reputation of being an aphrodisiac throughout history, going back to the Mayan period from about 250 AD to 900 AD. The Mayans were chocoholics and they highly valued the cacao bean. A man could hire a prostitute for eight to ten cacao beans. Rumour has it that the Aztec emperor Montezuma, known as a hot lover, drank 50 cups of cacao a day before heading off to his harem.

Legendary lover Casanova, the great seducer declared dark chocolate’s sensual pleasure among the world’s best aphrodisiacs, second only to Champagne. He ate it for its aphrodisiac qualities before his conquests to give him the energy he needed

Nonetheless, the actual truth is cacao has never been fully proven to be an aphrodisiac. It does have the chemical composition but in quantities so small that you would need to consume as much as the emperor Montezuma did!

Research has proven that chocolate is a ‘Feel good food’.  It has ingredients to help relax us mentally and physically, bringing a sense of well-being which can promote sexual interest so because it improves mood it can improve sex; it does not need to, strictly speaking, be an aphrodisiac. It is easy enough to understand why chocolate has been branded as a ‘love food’ and associated with sensual pleasure!


Here is a tasty decadent recipe full of healthy ingredients using dark chocolate, because it was used in all of the studies: Cherry Pecan Dark Chocolate Bar 

Learn how to make healthy chocolate in the Healthy Chocolate Project.


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Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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