Nope, chocolate isn’t actually an aphrodisiac

An expert busts a few chocolate myths, including whether women are more into it, and whether it boosts romance as an aphrodisiac.

Feb. 13, 2020 | Original article
Julian Cardillo-Brandeis | futurity
1 mins

A heart-shaped piece of chocolate sits on its unwrapped red, shiny wrapper

The idea that chocolate is an aphrodisiac is “just wishful thinking,” says psychologist and neuroscientist Don Katz.

Many people who love its decadent taste will give it as a gift to that special someone on Valentine’s Day. And some of those people will do this because they think chocolate is a catalyst for romance. But are they right?

Katz, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brandeis University, studies taste and the senses and can provide some insight for those who want to celebrate the occasion by purchasing a heart-shaped box of bonbons.

Here, he busts a few myths about the delicious treat, including the idea whether women get more out of it and whether it really boosts romance:

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