- AN APHRODISIAC?
& COOKING ARTICLE
reputation as an aphrodisiac seems to have begun with
the Aztecs who made a drink fermented from Cocoa Beans
which they called Xocolatl. The last Aztec Emperor,
Monteczuma certainly thought it was an aphrodisiac,
as he is reputed to have drunk it fifty times a day
to enhance his sexual prowess. When the Spanish Conquistadors
took the chocolate drink back to Spain from the new
world they also related tales of its Aphrodisiac qualities
so it was not surprising that chocolate continued to
be associated with love when it spread through Europe.
Even the great Latin lover, Casanova consumed Chocolate
before bedding his many conquests.
research has established that Chocolate is a very complex
food source containing, among many other constituents,
two chemical substances called Phenylethylamine and
Seratonin. These substances (put simply), are known
mood lifting agents found naturally in the human brain.
They are released by the brain into the human nervous
system when we are experiencing feelings of physical
love, passion or lust, causing a rapid lifting of mood,
a rise in blood pressure and increasing heart rate,
inducing feelings of well being, bordering on euphoria
we usually associate with being in love.
Chocolate also releases Phenylethylamine and Seratonin
into the system artificially producing those same euphoric
effects, plus it gives a substantial energy boost thus
increasing stamina, possibly at a critical moment? so
it's probably these effects which gave rise to chocolates
reputation as an aphrodisiac.
research suggests that women are more susceptible to
the effects of Chocolate (Phenylethylamine and Seratonin?)
than men, although Casanova would probably have disagreed
as he certainly seems to have consumed chocolate before
frolicking with his conquests and there's no mention
of him actually sharing it with them as I'm sure he
would have done if he'd thought it would have helped
there you have it, calling Chocolate an aphrodisiac
is possibly stretching it a bit, but eating high cocoa
content chocolate does make you feel good and can actually
induce or 'mimic' those feelings of being in love so
it looks like the Aztecs did get it right . . .
Vine is half of a wife and husband team Aphrodite Chocolates
based in rural Essex, England. They are passionately
dedicated to making 'real' chocolates and truffles entirely
by hand from only the finest couverture and natural
ingredients with no commercial fondants or pralines
and little or no added sugar.
article is from Arthur Vine who, together with his wife
Janet, runs Aphrodite Chocolates. Janet is the Chocolatier.
Chocolates was formed about four years ago. Their delicious
luxury chocolates are entirely handmade in rural Essex
in the heart of the English countryside.
first began making her wonderful chocolates as a hobby
about twelve years ago with the objective of getting
away from the boring and sickly fillings like flavoured
fondant that form the basis of so many manufactured
and handmade chocolate selections today.
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