🥑 Food For Thought 💭
Permission to chocolate
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Delicious news for indecisive dessert lovers: Scientists are actively scrutinizing dark chocolate’s ability to enhance cognitive performance.
Preliminary research is favourable, folks. Chocoholics rejoice.
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In one study, researchers studied the effects of dark chocolate on young adults’ cognitive function. One test group feasted on the good stuff. The other snacked on white chocolate.
Researchers tested memory and reaction time two hours after consumption and the dark chocolate cohort cleaned up. Scientists attribute the results to dark chocolate’s flavanols.
Cocoa contains plant-based substances called flavanols. These nourish grey matter and possess both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Sure, there are alternative flavanols sources out there: kale, broccoli, red grapes, apples, and onions. Your brain likes those too but come on. It’s chocolate season.
You’ll be hard pressed to find raw kale and onions at your upcoming family dinner or holiday party so work with what's available.
If your sweet tooth starts acting up, reach for dark chocolate above all other sweets.
Call it investing in your brain’s working memory and reaction time and binge responsibly.
For the nerdy 🤓: Your brain on chocolate