Good Housekeeping: New Study Shows Daily Chocolate Protects the Brain

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Now, this is my kind of study; Good Housekeeping is reporting on a study that shows that some chocolate a day will provide beneficial effects on cognitive functioning.

Forget an apple a day! I’ll take a Dark Chocolate Hershey’s Kiss a day…or two…or four…

This is according to a new review from the University of L’Aquila in Italy.

Well you don’t have to tell me twice! See ya! Forget the article! Need to go buy some dark chocolate!

Good Housekeeping explains:

Packed with both antioxidants and iron, dark chocolate has already made a name for itself as a smart choice for dessert lovers. Its potential brain-boosting powers only sweeten the deal. Eating some every day helps improve attention, processing speed, working memory and verbal fluency, based on the recent compilation of past studies.

“Regular intake of cocoa and chocolate could indeed provide beneficial effects on cognitive functioning over time,” said review authors Valentina Socci and Michele Ferrara. Their analysis published in Frontiers in Nutrition found that seniors at risk for memory decline received the biggest perks from eating chocolate. Regularly choosing the treat could help improve vital thinking processes over time.

A quick snack may provide some short-term advantages too. Eating cocoa also helped young and healthy adults perform better on tough cognitive tests almost immediately, although the effect was more subtle.

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The powerful benefits come from cocoa flavanols, a compound known for its health benefits. Dark chocolate packs in way more flavanols than its milk counterpart. But you can also find them in apples, pears and grapes, among other foods.

The special type of flavonoid supports a healthy cardiovascular system and could increase blood flow to a part of the brain particularly affected by aging, Socci and Ferrara say. Both of them indulge in a little dark chocolate every day. But they warn against eating too much, especially if the bar’s packed with sugar and other additives.

Luckily, choosing chocolate can also stave off cravings for more indulgent desserts later on, says Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute. “Having an ounce of chocolate per day, or about 150 to 200 calories, has a number of different benefits,” she says. “While no food is a miracle-worker, I’m a huge proponent of treating yourself with chocolate daily.”

What can you say. Chocolate, Coffee, and Bacon have all been proven recently to be beneficial to our health. Do we really need anything more?

Last month we reported that Bacon is actually among the top 10 most nutritious foods we can eat!

READ: New Study: Pork Fat Listed as Top 10 Most Nutritious Foods!

In a study published by BBC recently, pork fat has been crowned the eighth most nutritious food on the planet.

According to a BBC report, researchers who analysed more than 1,000 raw foods found that lard is among the top 10 foods which provide the best balance of a person’s daily nutritional requirements.

Pork fat was ranked 8th in a list of 100 foods. It has a nutritional score of 74. The higher the number, the more likely it will meet your daily nutritional needs.

Pork Fat is good source of B vitamins and minerals. Bacon contains thiamin, vitamin B12, zinc and selenium, which are all vital nutrients the body does not naturally produce.

Pork fat is also more unsaturated and healthier than lamb or beef fat. The fats in bacon are about 50% monounsaturated and a large part of those is oleic acid.

Bacon, Coffee, and Chocolate! Let’s celebrate!

 

 

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