Chocolate and Insomnia

If you’re a regular late-night chocolate indulger, and you’ve been suffering from a difficulty getting to sleep, it may be worth it to try enjoying that cocoa bean treat a little earlier in the day.

Chocolate is a stimulant. A mild one, but a boost nonetheless. It not only stimulates your taste buds, but the caffeine and theobromine stimulate your heart rate as well.

If you’re just too incorrigible a chocolate fiend, you may try to alter the type of chocolate you’re eating. A Hershey’s dark chocolate candy bar has about 30 milligrams of caffeine (about as much as a cup of lack tea) while a milk chocolate bar has 9 milligrams. White chocolate, with no theobromine and barely any caffeine, will have the least effect, however this reduction may be mitigated by the larger amounts of sugar in the milk and white chocolates. Waddya gonna do.

Chocolate and Romance

Some things just go together naturally and no one can necessarily explain why. One of these popular pairings is chocolate and romance. Chocolate is often associated with love and romance and we only have to think about Valentine’s Day to get some idea of how this sweet treat is used to woo a partner (or potential partner).

I suppose there are some obvious reasons as to why chocolate should be associated with love. The fact that is has traditionally been considered to be an aphrodisiac would probably be a good starting point. Yes, right back to the days of the Mayans and Aztecs, when the nobility consumed chocolate, it was believed to have mystical powers in the bedroom department. This theory has undoubtedly survived due to the scarcity and desirability of chocolate when it was first introduced to Europe. In fact, Europe’s most celebrated lover, Casanova, was purported to tuck away a fair few cups of chocolate during the course of each day. This wasn’t to satisfy any chocoholic tendencies, oh no, it was his belief in the aphrodisiacal powers of this cocoa drink.

These days we’re a little more savvy when it comes to taking the success rate of foods seriously as forms of aphrodisiac. However, there’s a lot to be said for the powers of romance and there aren’t many people who are going to be upset about receiving a huge box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Even if there’s no hope of a romantic get together, a night in front of the tube with a box of chocolates is still sinfully delicious.