Good news chocolate lovers!!! Studies have found “significant positive associations” between chocolate intake and cognitive performance. Eating chocolate was significantly associated with superior visual-spatial memory and organisation, working memory, scanning and tracking, abstract reasoning, and the mini-mental state examination.

Nutrients called cocoa flavanols, which are found naturally in cocoa and thus chocolate, seem to have a positive effect on people’s brains, increasing blood flow to the brain, which in turn improves a number of its functions. Chocolate, like coffee and tea, also has methylxanthines, which are plant produced compounds that enhance various bodily functions.

Now this isn’t an excuse to stuff your face with copious amounts of chocolate! But small amounts of chocolate (once a week) can be consumed without guilt in conjunction with a balanced, healthy diet.

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