Tuesday 1 March 2016

Eat Chocolate Every Day Because It Makes You Smart Says Study – Public Says, ‘Yay!’

Recent studies have shown that chocolate, in its many forms and flavors, can actually bring about more than just good vibes. Eating it everyday could bring about positive, long-term cognitive effects. As if we need another reason to eat this stuff!
According to a study performed by the University of South Australia, people who consume any type of chocolate at least once a month perform better on certain skills related to cognitive thinking and problem solving, compared to people who eat it less often.
But what is it about chocolate that makes it so good for you? (Well, besides the taste of course.) Scientists say it’s because of the antioxidant flavonoids, also known as flavonols. You can also find flavonoids in other delicious treats such as fruits, vegetables, and wine! This powerhouse antioxidant were also observed in people who exhibited better memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons. A vast array of Swiss chocolates, ready for bulk purchasing. Yum!
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons. 
A vast array of Swiss chocolates, ready for bulk purchasing. Yum!

The positive relationship between chocolate and cocoa flavonoids consumption with stronger cognitive thinking are also supported by researchers in the University of Maine, the Luxembourg Institute of Health, and the UniSA (headed by the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study). They tracked 1,000 people over the course of 30 years and measured their health indicators. 
Additionally, chocolate and cocoa flavonoids are also associated with some cardiovascular benefits – according to The Advertiser. However, the good news has to stop somewhere. Sure, chocolate is proving itself to be a strong contender in the food pyramid now that science is backing up how good it is for you. But as Dr. Georgie Crichton of the UniSA notes,
“[Of course] chocolate intake should be considered within an overall healthy eating pattern, with consideration given to total energy intake and an individual’s energy needs.”
So no skipping out on exercising and healthy diets! Metro UK also points out that the best way to maximize the benefits of the antioxidant found in chocolate is to eat more dark chocolate than milk or white chocolate. The darker the better; more flavonols will be found in larger concentrations of pure cocoa.

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