Study: Chocolate Might Substitute for Sex, or Vice Versa

The [A] drive to consume chocolate and the [B] drive to have sex are linked anew, in a published study, by the [C] drive to define and explain a relationship between chocolate and sex.

The study is: “Chocolate Consumption and Sex-Interest,” Beatrice A. Golomb and Brinton K. Berg, Cureus, vol. 13, no. 2, February 12, 2021, e13310.

The authors, at the University of California, San Diego, explain:

Seven-hundred twenty-three (723) Southern California men and women, age >20, completed surveys providing chocolate-consumption frequency and interest in sex….

Chocolate-consumption frequency was the strongest assessed predictor of sex-interest in women. A relationship was not observed in men… Chocolate might be postulated to spur interest in sex, by simulating love and stimulating the chemicals allied with it – with love, in turn, reported to increase interest in sex among women. Alternatively – analogous to methadone relieving the drive for heroin use – chocolate, by replicating the satisfactions and pleasures of sex, may obviate the need for it.

In short, chocolate might stimulate sex – or simulate it.