CHOCOLATE.

An APHRODISIAC? Or a SUBSTITUTE?

(According to our beloved Wikipedia, An aphrodisiac is an agent which increases sexual desire. [1] The name comes from the Greek goddess of Sensuality Aphrodite.)

As I have professed in one of my earlier entries, i’m a chocoholic. I love how chocolate melts in your mouth and that rich cocoa taste that keeps you going for more… Like how I took down a block of Cadbury’s Almond chocolate and another block of Dark Chocolate in 2 hours, without knowing. I found out only after i returned to the fridge, yes still craving for more, and by then it was too late. My mom berated me that day for over-indulging and for not even leaving her at least a piece of each block she bought. SORRY MAMA.

Two blocks of cadbury is a minimum only when i suffer from life’s injustice and trials and its tests (which are way harder than a Samantha Teng attempting to get at least a pass for a chinese paper even after studying for it).

I found this extract from WWW:

Madame du Barry, courtesan and mistress of Louis XV, always served her lovers a cup of chocolat before they were let in to her bedroom, and that the great lover and alchemist Casanova, who drank his cioccolata at Cafe Florian in Venice, considered chocolate more stimulating than champagne and called it the “elixir of love“.

I am convinced that people in history have found chocolate to be an aphrodisiac, but why?

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a naturally occurring amino-acid which some consider to have aphrodisiacal effects and is even said to be able to “cure” hangovers.

Phenylethylamine is a substance which is released naturally in the human body when you’re in love. Other stimulants present in chocolate are dopamine and serotonin, which alleviate pain and encourage a good mood. Serotonin produces feelings of pleasure in a similar way to sunlight.

Chocolate also contains theobromine, a chemical stimulant frequently confused with caffeine, but has very different effects on the human body. It is a mild, lasting stimulant with a mood improving effect. Its presence is one of the causes for chocolate’s mood-elevating effects.

(Note – In chocolate, theobromine exists in doses that are safe for humans to consume in large quantities, but can be lethal for animals such as dogs and horses, as they metabolize theobromine more slowly.)

What more does a person need than a mood elevating, stimulating, pleasurable, not to mention, great tasting, experience? I must mention, however, that some sources state that there is no evidence of chocolate having a true aphrodisiac effect.

My opinion, who cares? With all that happening, if it doesn’t put you in the mood, it won’t take much encouragement to get you there. I love chocolate. 😀As you all may now know, I skipped orientation again. HAH TAKE THAT. Okok I really wanted to go today, considering it being the FINAL day of orientation, but i overslept and i am REALLY not feeling very well. My nose is acting up again. Stupid nose. I really should cut it off or something.

Like the emos get to self-inflict themselves (to glorify their angst-ridden conditions, often self serving and pointless), the sinusitis stricken Aimee Maizes should self-inflict by operating on ourselves. Use bread knives to slowly saw off the nose, get siblings to suck out all that phlegm and sticky gooey mucus from the 2 recesses, which are currently a substitute for a “nose”, using straws, then

Okay nevermind. 😀

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