Cookbook chemistry: food odors and hormones

February 8, 2012 | James Kohl

Sexy food: Turning up the heat for Valentine’s Day


Excerpt: “There are some wines that doctors have shown replicate human pheromone scents,” Reiley added. “Just the aroma alone can add to the layer of attraction.”

I’m not sure which doctors might have shown this, but the effect of food odors (e.g., cookbook chemistry) on hormones involved in behavior is widely known. This makes me wonder why the effect of social odors (e.g., human pheromones) on hormones is not both widely known and accepted as a biological fact, whether or not some doctor shows it. It’s common sense! Isn’t it?



James Vaughn Kohl

James Vaughn Kohl

James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones.