Ah, chocolate! One of the most beloved indulgencies ever discovered. But we’ve been conditioned to feel guilty about indulging in it because it is supposed to be not good for you, right? Not quite. What was once not good for you is now becoming… well, good for you. Even for your brain.
Because of its association with sweet-tooth, calories, and bad eating habits in general, chocolate is one of the most demonized foods. However, chocolate lovers may jump up for joy at recent findings that now link it to various health benefits. These include cardiovascular benefits such as blood pressure and cholesterol lowering properties. Add to that brain function benefits.
A recent study involving 968 participants aged 23-98 years found that regular consumption of chocolate may help boost brain function.
More frequent chocolate consumption was significantly associated with better performance on the Global Composite score, Visual-Spatial Memory and Organization, Working Memory, Scanning and Tracking, Abstract Reasoning, and the Mini-Mental State Examination.
The study found that eating chocolate may help boost cognitive performance. Areas that appeared to benefit include abstract reasoning, working memory, visual-spatial memory and organization. The study is published on Elsevier Journals website.
The findings are not entirely surprising, as chocolate was among the 10 foods that help boost brain power in a previous post on this blog. Flavanols found naturally in cocoa (and therefore chocolate) have been found to potentially have positive effects on cognitive function.
Just don’t use this as an excuse to over-indulge in those delicious bars, okay?