Valentine’s Day is almost here. And, in the city that means long lines at restaurants (even if you made your reservation two months in advance), sold-out flower shops, and a giant teddy bear taking up your seat on the morning commute.
But, it’s not all bad. I mean, let’s be real, Valentine’s Day candy is a total game-changer. You have your cherry gummy hearts, your assorted boxes of chocolates which is like all your faves in one adorable heart-shaped box, your conversation hearts, and of course, your heart-shaped Reeses which are like ten steps up from a regular Reeses.
And, chocolate doesn’t just taste delicious, it also has a sexy secret. It’s an aphrodisiac. Now, we’ve all heard this term, but let’s explore what it really means.
What Is an Aphrodisiac?
An aphrodisiac is defined as a food or drink that stimulates a sexual urge. Or, in other words, it’s a food or
For food or drink to be an aphrodisiac it must contain two chemicals: tryptophan and phenylethylamine. Tryptophan is an amino acid and a precursor of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps control levels of happiness. Phenylethylamine is an organic compound in the central nervous system that work similarly to amphetamines, which are substances, such as cocaine, taken to boost mood and make the body work faster; basically sending it into overdrive.
These two chemicals both appear when the brain signals to the body that it’s time to ‘get it on’. They also appear when the brain is feeling super lovey-dovey.
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Chocolate as an Aphrodisiac
Dark chocolate is considered a higher aphrodisiac than lower quality chocolates. That’s because chocolates with a lesser percentage of cacao contain a greater quantity of added sugar. So, inevitably there is nothing sugar-coating (pun intended) the combined effect of the tryptophan and the phenylethylamine.
Although the amount of micronutrients that create this feeling of sexual desire is small in size, it is common to noticeably sense extra endorphins in your system. You may even experience your heart racing at a greater speed. But, chocolate certainly won’t make you strip down naked and beg someone to devour you. So, guys don’t expect this to be your gateway drug to her heart. You have to try a little harder than that.
Chocolate isn’t just ideal for the couple who wants to get steamy in the sheets on Valentine’s Day. It’s also packed with zinc, iron, and magnesium, all of which you need in a balanced healthy diet.
And, not only does chocolate make your heart race from sexual adrenaline, but it also contains phytochemicals, a key component for anti-inflammation that works by increasing the blow flow throughout your body.