Sex, Food, Chocolate and the Church
In the 1600’s, chocolate was thought to be a powerful aphrodisiac, inflaming lustful passion. So much so that religious leaders banned monks and nuns from ingesting it.
In 1997, three French senators campaigned to have chocolate reclassified as ‘vital foodstuff.’ Chocolate, they claimed, with its high content of magnesium and various vitamins, as well as its stimulatory and anti-depressant properties, qualified for a reclassification, which would lower its tax rate from 20.5 percent and 5.5 percent.
Further, if chocolate were to be added to medicines, those drugs could qualify for the super duper reduced tax rate of 2.1 percent (applied to prescriptions) and these medicines could qualify for reimbursement by social security. It’s the PEA (phenylethylamine) that gets the ‘sex’ pumping! PEA creates feelings of euphoria, creating a yum-delish rush, as it causes the release of dopamine (the happy hormone).
Other foods that contain PEA are apples, avocados, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and last but not least almonds, which is said to increase women’s sex drive, as it potentially improves heart health.
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