A recent study published in the journal, Appetite has confirmed that the consumption of chocolate is linked to cognitive brain function, that means, chocolate make you smarter.
The study got 968 people aged between 23 and 98, their consumption of dairy, cardiovascular risk factors, and cognitive function were all measured. The researchers revealed that more intake of chocolate was significantly associated with better performance on [cognitive tests including] visual-spatial memory and [organization], working memory, scanning and tracking, abstract reasoning, and the mini-mental state examination,” regardless of whatever else may have been eating.
The researchers also found that consuming cocoa flavonols has the possibility of protecting the brain against mental decline that’s influenced by age. The flavanols are likely more responsible for the positive effect of chocolates on our mental health. The flavanols are more abundant in dark chocolates than in milk chocolates.
According to a 2003 analysis by the USDA, a typical 100g bar of dark chocolate contains 53.49mg of cocoa flavanols, and milk chocolate contains an average of 13.35mg. Cocoa flavonols can also be found in red fruits such as berries.
Contrary to what we initially thought, the participants of the study were not fed packaged chocolate bars, they consumed drinks which contained cocoa flavonols. These flavonols are present in store-bought chocolate bars, but in lower concentrations. One of the studies showed that the participants with the most cognitive progress downed a drink which contained 993mg of cocoa flavanols daily for eight weeks. That would equal 18 bars of dark chocolate or about 74 bars of milk chocolate a day.
While this might prove good for the brain, it might eventually make one sick. But this is just a good excuse as any to eat more chocolates.
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