Science has finally proven it--chocolate is better than sex (or at least, better than kissing!). This long-debated question was explored in a BBC News article where the stimulation affects by the two different substances was tested. The volunteers, all aged in their 20s, had electrodes attached to their scalps and wore heart monitors during two tests.
In the first test, volunteers had to simply let chocolate melt on their tongues while their brain reactions were recordered. In the second test, they had to kiss their partners while the same brain activity was measured. The researchers compared their resting heart rates with those during the chocolate and kissing tests and found that chocolate had a longer and stronger affect on raising a person's heart rate than a kiss.
An even more interesting finding was that although women are generally thought to be bigger fans of chocolate than men, both sexes had the same reactions to chocolate during the tests.
In addition, chocolate is good for your brain. An article at CNN.com cites a study at Wheeling Jesuit University (West Virginia) that indicates that chocolate can improve “memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem-solving skills”. Yet having sex “on the brain” has the exact opposite effects. It causes forgetfulness, distraction, and the inability to think clearly.
Best of all, chocolate is an aphrodisiac, so if you choose chocolate over sex you may still end up with both (a solution we highly recommend). To celebrate these findings, and our 5th anniversary in the bon bon business, we continue our series of Top 5 lists with the Top 5 Reasons Why Chocolate is Better than Sex:
5. You can have chocolate on desk during working hours without upsetting your co-workers.
4. You can make chocolate last as long as you want it to.
3. Good chocolate is easy to find. (You're already on our site!)
2. With chocolate, there's no need to fake it.
1. And finally, with chocolate, you're never disappointed when you open the wrapper.