Food For Thought - How Eating Chocolate Can Improve Your Smarts


Chocolate health benefits

Provided you're eating the purer kinds of chocolate that contain a high percentage of cocoa, you'll be interested to know that your guilty pleasure has some really good health benefits to offer.
  • Healthy heart - cocoa is full of antioxidants which lower blood pressure and this reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Lose pounds - eating small quantities of dark chocolate can stave off cravings for unhealthy fatty foods that are filled with sugar and salt. This will help you stick to a nutritious diet.
  • Diabetes prevention - snacking on small portions of dark chocolate can reduce the chance of diabetes development because of the active flavonoids in the cocoa composition.
  • Stress relief - contrary to popular belief, eating dark chocolate now and then can reduce stress levels and induce calm and harmony to the nervous system.

Food for the brain

If you're a chocoholic, we've saved the best bit of news for you until last. A recent survey trial involving 968 people ranging in ages from twenty-three to ninety-eight, focused on the effects eating chocolate has on the most important organ in the body; the brain. The research showed that chocolate is a super food that stimulates brain activity because of the flavonoid components. Flavonoids have a very positive effect on brain cells and were shown to improve concentration levels, sharpen memory function, enhance clarity, clear confusion, and encourage thinking outside the box. So, if you find yourself at work, feeling fatigued and sluggish, grab yourself a bar of dark chocolate and get nibbling. You're guaranteed to feel perkier, your performance will rise due to a higher production output, plus your brain will thank you for the gesture.

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