Valentine’s Day is around the corner and love is in the air! When we talk about love, chocolate definitely deserves a special mention. It is one of the foods that is well known to spice up one’s love life. Ever wondered why showering your sweetheart with heart-shaped chocolates on Valentine’s Day is such a popular tradition? It never fails to flatter one’s mood making it romantic. Well, consumption of chocolate is said to release serotonin and endorphins which reduce stress and makes one happy. Chocolate is also known to be an ultimate libido booster since ages but science has been skeptical about this.

However, there is good news for the chocolate lovers, according to a recent study from the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships; there is a strong connection between love and chocolate or between sweet and love.

Many experiments entitled “sweet love” were conducted wherein the researchers studied whether a variety of food would induce romantic feelings among the participants of the experiments. The study revealed that the participants who were single and were fed with something sweet like Oreo cookies experienced feelings of romance. They were more likely to envision hypothetical romantic relationships. They were also keen on initiating a romantic relationship if given a specific target.

Another experiment was conducted in which the participants were asked to drink either soda or distilled water and then were asked to view various dating profiles. Again, the participants who chose to drink a drink sweet in taste showed great interest in the dating profiles and even talked about the daters as being more attractive.

Well, the singles had a great romantic effect due to consumption of something sweet; but the people who are already in a relationship must not think that eating chocolate can save their sex life. Consumption of sweets may not have an amazing effect on existing romances in terms of the way a couple perceives each other. But in general eating chocolate does have an effect on heightening one’s romantic mood. According to the study conducted by Dr. Jennifer Nasser, associate professor of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University, intake of chocolate leads to the release of the pleasure hormone dopamine by one’s brain which can heighten your romantic mood.

Of course, there might be many factors that may disapprove the connection between romance and chocolate but the new scientific study by the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships has given a reason with proper evidence to explore the relationship between love and things that are sweet in taste.

So next time you crave for chocolates be ready to get into a romantic mood! And if you are single it will surely play an important role in making you more open to love! Now you have all the good reasons to justify your love for chocolates.

Eat Chocolate! Stay Romantic!

(Pooja Chaudhary)