Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by victoria, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    turns out that . . .
    Chocolate (IS) 'better than kissing'

    this from from a 2007 BBC report, LOL, I included readers' comments"

    When it comes to tongues, melting chocolate is better than a passionate kiss, scientists have found.

    Couples in their 20s had their heart rates and brains monitored whilst they first melted chocolate in their mouths and then kissed.

    Chocolate caused a more intense and longer lasting "buzz" than kissing, and doubled volunteers' heart rates.

    The research was carried out by Dr David Lewis, formerly of the University of Sussex, and now of the Mind Lab.

    Chocolate beats kissing hands down
    when it comes to providing a long-lasting body and brain buzz
    Dr David Lewis

    Experts, concerned at growing levels of obesity throughout the developed world, warn that chocolate should only be consumed in moderation.

    Dr Lewis said: "There is no doubt that chocolate beats kissing hands down when it comes to providing a long-lasting body and brain buzz.

    "A buzz that, in many cases, lasted four times as long as the most passionate kiss."

    He said substances in chocolate were already known to have a psychoactive effect, but that allowing it to MELT on your tongue could be the secret to maximising the buzz.

    The volunteers, all aged in their 20s, had electrodes attached to their scalps and wore heart monitors during the two tests.

    The researchers compared their resting heart rates with those during the chocolate and kissing tests.

    Longer lasting effects

    Although kissing set the heart pounding, the effect did not last as long as that seen with the chocolate, which increased heart rates from a resting rate of about 60 beats per minute to 140.

    A couple taking part in the study kiss:

    Couples were monitored while they kissed and while they ate chocolate

    The study also found that as the chocolate started melting, all regions of the brain received a boost far more intense and longer lasting than the excitement seen with kissing.

    Although women are generally thought to be bigger fans of chocolate than men, the research found the same reactions to chocolate in both sexes.

    Dr Lewis said: "These results really surprised and intrigued us. (It IS a big surprise!)

    "While we fully expected chocolate- especially dark chocolate - to increase heart rates due to the fact it contains some highly stimulating substances, both the length of this increase together with the powerful effects it had on the mind were something none of us had anticipated."

    Psychologist Sue Wright said: "Chocolate contains phenylethylamine which can raise levels of endorphins, the pleasure-giving substances, in the brain. It also contains caffeine which has a stimulatory effect on the brain. This would explain why chocolate can give people a buzz, and why people can become addicted to it."

    The research used a new 60% cocoa dark chocolate from Cadbury, and a spokeswoman for the chocolate makers said: "You'd think people would be shy about kissing in a laboratory, but that wasn't the case at all. We're not talking about a quick peck here."

    The Mind Lab is funded by members of the food industry, although no firm can be linked to any individual study.


    (some of) Your comments (on BBC site):

    The tests are not the accurate really because if i had the choice of kissing my partner or chocolate, I am sure the chocolate would win but if you gave me Al Pacino to kiss the results would be very different.
    Sue Hedges, Bristol

    In my opinion these scientists have underrated the effects...I'd say chocolate is probably at least 10 times better than any other known form of stimulation in existence. And the only thing better than a bar of chocolate is two bars of chocolate!
    Katharine Arnold, London

    Of course chocolate is better than kissing! It is guaranteed to taste better every time - which, in my experience, is more than can be said for some passionate kisses!
    Deborah Carrel, Bridgwater Somerset

    I can only draw 2 conclusions from that! They're not kissing the right person?
    ..OR... I SO want some of that chocolate if it's really true!
    Chad, London

    From my experience kissing always beats the chocolate bar, maybe I'm choosing the wrong chocolate!
    Kelly Gara, Cheshire

    Obviously none of them had kissed my gorgeous wife.
    Kev, Stoke

    Chocolates kinda makes me fat though - but kissing seems to help me lose weight.
    Calvin, New York, USA

    You will always remember your first kiss not your first chocolate.
    Musah Haruna, Slough

    I don't know, a passionate kiss, vs. lovely dark chocolate . . . It depends who I"m kissing. There are kisses I can still remember, but I can't remember a single bar of chocolate, and I'm a choc-oholic!
    Kathryn Leeson-Kight, Ex-Pat Brit Living in USA

    Well I am a girl and therefore a huge chocolate fan however recently I have found that I get a much bigger buzz from kissing my boyfriend, however this is a new relationship so that may be the reason why . . . . . after a few months I might have to resort back to chocolate!
    Natalie Stewart, Lincoln, UK


  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    w/ the people who pointed out that chocolate is constant.

    Kissing depends on whom you're kissing.

    The Hershey people have tried to provide people w/
    both for years: chocolate kisses.

  3. victoria

    victoria New Member

    LOL and now I've noticed I can buy
    dark chocolate kisses here,

  4. Gingareeree

    Gingareeree New Member

    After 36 yrs of being married to the same man,my vote goes for chocolate!!! However,I agree with some of the comments re the memory of passionate kisses vs. mamory of really good chocolate,in that case the kisses win!!!~~Jeanne p.s. Rock,I always loook forward to reading your responses,you are a very clever and witty guy!!
  5. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the kind words. I have always said, that Jeanne is one perspicacious

    I read a book about candy a couple years ago. Don't remember the name.
    Anyway, the author said many of the candies of the past are still being made.
    He toured some plants. Found the old molds and equipment from decades ago
    still in use.

    But some candy isn't sold in the supermarket because the markets charge
    the manufacturer. "We'd be happy to carry your brand in our store. Fork
    over $20,000 please."

    But there are sites on line where you can buy candy of the past. Generally
    have to buy at least a box at a time.

    Wonder if they still have 7-Up bars anywhere. Or charms. Or that coconut
    bar that looked like a pink bird's nest.

  6. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    (95% of milk chocolate is useless junk. (tastes good tho). Dark Chocolate though is healthy and is actually very good for you. That being said .....

    Kissing a dog or an elephant really would do NOTHING for me. ... and certain people or relatives ... even worse. But kissing the right person ...
    oh Please ... does anyone with a pulse Really need a "study" on this?

    I hope this "researcher" and his/her candybars are very happy on their honeymoon.

    Hmmm. Maybe they should hand out candy bars instead of condoms in High Schools
  7. JLH

    JLH New Member


    Chocolate IS better than kissing!!!!!!

    Especially milk chocolate. Even though the dark chocolate is what is better for you, I still don't like it.

    I've been married for 40 years to the same man, maybe if someone new like George Clooney appeared, I might change my mind!!!
  8. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I'm wondering why novelty counts with kissing (at least to some point in a relationship, LOL?), but not the chocolate...