A group of scientists from Columbia University and NYU gave a daily dose of flavanols extracted from cocoa powder to a small number of healthy 50- to 69-year-old subjects. Their research discovered that chocolate is so good for your brain that in fact, it might improve your brain’s function as you age even more so than aerobic exercise.
Subjects who received a high dose were reported to have higher memory function scores than those who got a low dose. But the older people’s brains didn’t benefit at all from exercising (I’m not sure I buy this, one would have to eat a lot of chocolate or find an organic source for the cocoa extract so…clearly more research is needed…).
Either way, you can use this study as an excuse (like we all need one…) to enjoy your favorite chocolate bar in moderation from time to time, or maybe even more frequently, if scientists can ever agree on where they stand!
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Author, Emi Boscamp is an Associate Editor at MindBodyGreen. She received a BA in English and minors in Spanish and Art History from Cornell University. She lives in the East Village and enjoys cooking, eating, traveling, and writing about all three of those things. She loves anything pickled. And anything punny. (She’s kind of a big dill.) Follow her adventures on Instagram: @emiboscamp
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