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Eating chocolate is good for your health

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Eating chocolate is good for your health

dark-chocolateNot that it’s news. In 2006, a study came out saying that a few squares of chocolate may be good for the heart due to a biochemical substance that prevents blood clotting.

More recent studies say that chocolate improves vision and boosts brain functions.

You have to pay to read the full text of the studies but the abstracts are available for free.

From the US Library of Medicine.

Consumption of cocoa flavanols results in acute improvements in mood and cognitive performance during sustained mental effort:

Cocoa flavanols (CF) positively influence physiological processes in ways that suggest their consumption may improve aspects of cognitive function. This study investigated the acute cognitive and subjective effects of CF consumption during sustained mental demand. In this randomized, controlled, double-blinded, balanced, three period crossover trial 30 healthy adults consumed drinks containing 520 mg, 994 mg CF and a matched control, with a three-day washout between drinks… Assessments included the state anxiety inventory and repeated 10-min cycles of a Cognitive Demand Battery comprising of two serial subtraction tasks (Serial Threes and Serial Sevens), a Rapid Visual Information Processing (RVIP) task and a ‘mental fatigue’ scale, over the course of 1 h. Consumption of both 520 mg and 994 mg CF significantly improved Serial Threes performance. The 994 mg CF beverage significantly speeded RVIP responses…

That’s why I don’t pay attention to health fads — yesterday’s junk food may be today’s health miracle and today’s health miracle may be tomorrow’s poison. So, I just eat what I like. Everything in moderation and I’m fine.

Some of my favorite recipes with chocolate:

The most sinful chocolate cake
Chocolate cappuccino ice cream
Chocolate fudge brownies
Chocolate chip and walnut cookies
Chocolate cheesecake

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