My fellow chocoholics out there in the world, as we all know chocolate is love and love is chocolate. It’s been long hailed as the classic melt-in-your-mouth sensual treat that can get you in the mood. But for the ultimate healthy sexual benefits, make sure you’re opting for dark chocolate, because that’s where phenylethylamine (PEA) likes to chill.
Dark chocolate is packed with this compound (PEA), according to Psychology Today‘s Anneli Rufus, which is the endorphin released in the brain that triggers those warm lovey-dovey feelings. It also helps optimize levels of dopamine, which — as Slate’s Bethany Brookshire puts it — is the molecule behind all our most sinful behaviors and secret cravings; most notably because it elevates mood and pleasure, it’s definitely something you’ll be wanting plenty of in the bedroom