What Stimulates Love More: a Kiss or Chocolate?

Chocolate won in the study.

Chocolate will give you a bigger buzz than a kiss! Yes, it stimulates more. 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. All the people in the study placed a piece of dark chocolate on their tongue and let it melt without chewing. Then, later the couples would kiss in the way they normally did.

What the study found was that when the chocolate melted in the mouth, all areas of the brain were stimulated far more intensely, and their heart beat was faster for longer than when they had a kiss.

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“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

It 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.

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

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!

Chocolate For the One You Are to Kiss

So if you want stimulating chocolate for the one you are to kiss here are some recipes for you.

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Cherry Pecan Dark Chocolate Bar

Chocolate Recipes for You

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

 Yummy Chocolate Cherry Vegan Ice Cream – This vegan ice cream is delicious! Who doesn’t like chocolate cherry ice cream?  This is a simple to make vegan ice cream which is so yummy made with some of my favourite ingredients. And not filled with unhealthy sugar!

 Walnut Dark Chocolate Bar – No Sugar – This recipe produces one of the healthiest chocolate treats you will find.  It also tastes better than the commercial stuff you end up buying!  This is one of the few chocolates that I make without any of the other healthy sugars and it is not for everyone.  Only those who like very dark chocolate will appreciate the flavour.


Learn How To Make Healthy Chocolate
Chocolate that is amazingly delicious and is actually healthy for you.
Check  out the Healthy Chocolate Project

Learn more about love, kisses, and chocolate.

French Kisses Give 80 Million Healthy Bacteria – A study in the journal Microbiome found that a ten-second French kiss can spread 80 million bacteria between mouths. 80 million may sound scary but these bacteria may actually benefit your body.

Is Chocolate Good for You?– Chocolate is a favourite for many people and chocolate can be good for you. The good news is that there is research suggesting how healthy it is.
The ingredient phenylethylamine that gives chocolate the reputation of being the ‘love food’ raises serotonin and dopamine level which stimulates the nervous system, and even raises libido.

9 Natural Aphrodisiacs And Love Potions – Do aphrodisiacs really work?  Can you change your mood with food chemistry? Is there a natural food Viagra? Here are famous foods and activities are known for love, the science behind them, and tasty recipes to share with your sweetie.

Honey, almonds and even garlic work. There are more foods that will do it too.

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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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