Chocolate Desire: The Connection Between Food And Sex

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Do culinary aphrodisiacs actually work? What is the relationship between food and sex?

If you’re looking to get intimate with your partner this Valentine’s Day (or any other random Thursday, for that matter), you may be disappointed to find that taking them out to a fancy dinner and presenting them with hoards of chocolate probably won’t, by itself, have a stunning effect on their sexual desire.

Chocolate: An Aphrodisiac?

Valentine’s Day is known for chocolate – but I’d like to know why. Many people believe that chocolate is an aphrodisiac, but there is virtually no scientific evidence to back this theory up.

While it is true that chocolate does contain chemicals that stimulate pleasure areas in the brain, there haven’t been any studies that support the claim that it enhances a person’s libido.

If you’re looking for some sort of “quick fix” to get you or your partner’s sexual desire rising, you’re going to have a tough time finding it.

LiveScience.com has a great article on the top 10 “aphrodisiacs,” revealing myths about foods and substances. According to these authors, the truest aphrodisiac is respect: “the most meaningful sexual relationships begin with respect.”

I’m not sure that ranks as an aphrodisiac, but it’s a great thought that, in my opinion, is too often forgotten in our generation.

Samantha Seeger

is a recent graduate of Indiana University with an undergrad degree in Gender Studies and a double minor in Psychology and Human Sexuality.
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