For many people, two things dominate the mind, so it’s no wonder they go hand in hand. Food and sex are closely linked – romantic meals, sweet treats, and don’t forget that scene from Nine and a Half Weeks. In fact, we’ve been firm believers in aphrodisiacs for about as long as we’ve been preparing food.

Aphrodisiacs are named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, and it would appear that a lot of our common aphrodisiacs and associations of love stem from that time. Aphrodite herself was often imagined emerging from a clamshell, and still today seafood and oysters are recognized as aphrodisiacs.

Oysters are out for me. I just can’t stomach those slimy suckers.  Bananas? Yes, the banana has loads of both vitamin B and potassium, which are important in the human production of sex hormones, but they are on my “do not eat” list after an allergy test.  My favorite natural aphrodisiac by far is something that I love and could eat every day—dark chocolate!

Chocolate is made from the cacao bean, which is the seed of the cacao fruit.


Cacao contains two chemicals: tryptophan, which helps with sexual arousal and phenylethylamine, which is released in the brain when you fall in love and is also known as the “love chemical”.  So there’s a reason that chocolates are the most popular Valentine Day gift and that the word “chocolate” is pretty much synonymous with the word “romance”!

How does dark chocolate enhance the sex drive?

I’m such a nerd, that I love to know how things work—except electricity.  That’s way too complicated.  But there’s something about being able to “prove” something so here it goes:  Dark chocolate is known to contain an amino acid called L-arginine that helps enhance your sex drive by increasing nitric oxide and stimulating blood flow to your sex organs, which increases sexual sensation and desire.  Yowza!

Chocolate also contains a compound called theobromine, which stimulates the nervous system making you feel excitable and uplifted. This enhances your love mood by giving you that aphrodisiac boost!

My clients find that even switching from milk chocolate or flavored chocolate to pure, unsweetened dark chocolate helps to:

  • Make them feel uplifted and excited
  • Give them an instant, natural energy boost
  • Stimulates their sex drive
  • Feel more joy and excitement
  • Just make sure to look for dark chocolate with a 70% cacao content or higher. Make sure the very first ingredient is cacao or cacao butter and not sugar!

Why is this health coach telling me to eat chocolate?  Isn’t that bad for me?

portrait of a pretty girl choosing between chocolate or an apple

In my health coaching practice, I teach moderation and intuitive eating. I help clients identify if they’re addicted to sugar and how to switch to a healthier alternative like dark chocolate that can actually have health benefits and boost their libidos.  Win-Win!

If you think you may be addicted to sugar and want my help to switch to dark chocolate as a healthier alternative that will boost your sex drive, then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me 1-on-1.