If a piece of chocolate had the same effect on your man as Viagra, would you want him to eat it? The world's largest chocolate maker is looking to prove that a substance usually removed from chocolate during production -- cocoa flavanols -- increases blood flow and could be used to create a "turbo-charged chocolate." That could be good news for the chocoholic with problems ... erm, getting it up. (If it worked, it would give a whole new meaning to the phrase sexual chocolate. Heehee.)
Swiss-chocolate maker Barry Callebaut says that cocoa flavanols "help maintain endothelium-dependent vasodilation which contributes to normal blood flow." Viagra works in a similar way, only more targeted. Could plain, old chocolate actually become the next erectile dysfunction drug?
The company issued a press release saying it had conducted 20 clinical studies on how flavanols affect the human body and is looking to get European Union approval to claim that "the 'turbo-charged' chocolate boosts health."
Trade magazine writer Angus Kennedy told the Daily Mail that if the flavanols are cleared for use, "this could see men swap chemical-packed blue pills for a turbo-charged hot chocolate ... It's an all-natural ingredient that could give men the legendary staying power of some of the world's greatest lovers. I've been in the business for 35 years and this is probably one of the most exciting things I've seen."
Has anybody stopped and asked the world's women if this is something that they want? What happens if a kid gets his hand on some of this special chocolate? It would be the stuff of the next-generation of American Pie movies. Is that chocolate in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
But I can't help think it's just a wacky idea a bunch of chemistry nerds thought up, and it won't work at all. You couldn't just sell that stuff in regular stores if it actually did that. Could you? It's also incredibly male-centric. Why isn't anyone developing chocolate birth control? Hmmmm? Where's my chocolate pill? Just sayin'.
Do you think it's possible to make a chocolate that could have the same effect as Viagra? If it were, would you let your man eat it?
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