It's long been said that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. And in a win for food-loving women everywhere who've long proclaimed the same, scientists at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine have finally proven that women respond more to romantic cues on fuller stomachs, too.
Scientists tested the theory by viewing brain activity in response to romantic stimulation in women who had fasted, and in women with full stomachs. In the most unsurprising news to anyone who's tasted the powerful aphrodisiac also known as pizza, they concluded that women demonstrated greater brain activation in reward-related neural regions after eating, meaning they are more open to, um....other rewarding activities shortly after a satisfying meal.
"This data suggests that eating may prime or sensitize young women to rewards beyond food... it also supports a shared neurocircuitry for food and sex," reported the research's first author Alice Ely, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine. Looks like George Costanza had the right idea, all along.
Wine, dine, and be happy.
H/t: Medical News Today
Michelle No is an editorial assistant at Supercompressor and Prince St. Pizza is the way to her heart. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
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