I thought it fitting to read Sheril Kirshenbaum‘s The Science of Kissing in February, the month of love, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Reading this excerpt from the book explained those intense feelings that course through your body when you experience a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious kinda kiss.
“During a passionate kiss, our blood vessels dilate and we receive more oxygen than normal to the brain. Our breathing can become irregular and deepen; our cheeks flush, our pulse quickens and our pupils dilate (which may be one reason that so many of us close our eyes). All five of our senses are busy transmitting messages to our brains. Billions of little nerve connections are at work, firing away and distributing signals. The part of our bodies sending the most information to our brains during a kiss is, without a doubt, the lips. Packed with nerve endings, they are extremely sensitive to pressure, warmth, cold, and indeed to every kind of stimulus. One of the most remarkable things about the brain’s role in kissing is the disproportionate neural space associated with our lips compared with the rest of our bodies. Just a light brush on them stimulates a very large part of the brain — an area even more expansive than would be activated by sexual stimulation below the belt.”
I know right?! Intense. However, all this kissing thought made me wonder, could something as wonderful as a passionate kiss be dangerous? It turns out that for some, it could be, if you kiss someone who has eaten a food you are allergic to.
Allergy specialist Dr. Suzanne Teuber of the University of California, conducted a study of 379 patients with food allergies and found that as many as 5% had an allergic reaction after kissing someone who had eaten a food which they were allergic to.
If you do have a food allergy, it is advisable to let your date know and ask them to avoid the said food if possible. If they have already eaten the food, while it may not be a sure thing – could they consider brushing their teeth or rinse their mouth, or wipe off their lips or face before the make-out session begins? There is nothing like the need for an epinephrine shot to quell the romance, don’t you think?
Even if you don’t have a food allergy some foods just aren’t ‘kiss-friendly’ for example garlic, onions, fish and nuts. What are some foods that you avoid when wining and dining and plan on giving (or receiving) a passionate kiss?