If you’re stuck on what to purchase for a particular lovely lady this Valentine’s Day – or any other holiday, for that matter – you might want to turn to chocolate gifts for inspiration. While most will simply chalk up their hankering for sweet treats to personal preference, it turns out that there are actually numerous scientific explanations as to why chocolate remains one of the world’s most beloved foods for women.
First and foremost, it’s important to remember that chocolate can act like an aphrodisiac. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which can promote feelings of attraction, excitement and giddiness, according to the website Science 2.0. This same chemical stimulates the brain’s pleasure centers during sexual intercourse, so needless to say, chocolate can pack a truly pleasurable punch.
Additionally, chocolate also contains magnesium, which may alleviate symptoms of PMS. According to MyOptimumHealth.com, women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome every month often reach for a delectable bar of chocolate in order to fulfill their need for this essential element.
Still, the question remains – are women the only ones who, in addition to romantic flowers, can truly appreciate chocolate’s insatiable qualities? Believe it or not, there’s actually hard evidence to support the fact that the female of the species’ male counterparts have just as much reason to enjoy this unbeatable treat.
Why? For starters, when it comes to the consistency of food, that “melt-in-your-mouth” feeling can’t be beat. According to Science 2.0, cocoa butter, which is the key ingredient in chocolate, melts down at 97 degrees – just below our internal body temperature. Sure beats chomping down on a celery stalk or plain carrot.
Also, let’s not forget that chocolate contains caffeine. Addicted to that morning cup of coffee? It’s no wonder why – this craved stimulant increases the activity of chemicals in the parts of the brain that control our attention span and alertness, according to Exploratorium Magazine. That’s why eating chocolate can sometimes make you feel a bit buzzed – almost as if you recently enjoyed a small shot of espresso.
Finally, just like turkey, chocolate contains tryptophan, a chemical used to produce serotonin in the brain. Serotonin, in turn, causes a secretion of endorphins that contribute to feelings of elation and pleasure.
Having said that, the next time your wife or girlfriend expresses her love of chocolate, don’t doubt her. And don’t forget to include a box of chocolates or maybe an assortment of decadent chocolate cupcakes alongside a beautiful bouquet – she’ll love you even more for the gesture.