Eater made my week by directing me to this study that basically states that chocolate is good for your brain. And, joy! joy! joy!, dark chocolate is better for you. The only thing better is if someone could tell me that the Diet Coke I down like oxygen is also beneficial for my health. (I can dream, right?)
In the meantime, can you just imagine me doing a happy dance?
I’ve heard about chocolate being good for reducing the risks of stroke and improving heart health, that dark chocolate produces endorphins which make you feel happier, and that dark chocolate is also rich in antioxidants. Now I find out it helps to protect my mental capacity, and (among other things) protect against dementia. That is very good news.
In the words of the researchers themselves:
The present findings support recent clinical trials suggesting that regular intake of cocoa flavanols may have a beneficial effect on cognitive function, and possibly protect against normal age-related cognitive decline.
So “may have” and “possibly” is their way of saying that maybe they’re not absolutely right. However, I’ll take my good news where I can find it.
Now I’m going to go find some chocolate, because it’s good for me.
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