While it is true that eating dark chocolate is good for you, let’s just start by saying, eating too much chocolate is not. We know you know, but we just need to say.
Scientists agree that eating dark chocolate rich in cocoa can help improve brain function, as well as have other positive side effects in the body. But of course, everything in moderation.
There are many ways that health experts tell us to work toward and maintain a healthy body, but what about a healthy mind?
It turns out that eating a little bit of chocolate can help you stay alert and more. Here’s what you need to know about eating chocolate
Chocolate is Good for Your Brain
A study conducted in Australia reviewed the diets of 1000 people over a 5 year period and found that people who consumed chocolate had better mental function than those who didn’t eat chocolate.
You read that right.
But how much chocolate is the right amount?
The study suggested eating chocolate on a weekly basis could improve your brain function. In subsequent studies, more confirmation was revealed that eating chocolate would improve cognitive function. Awesome.
How Chocolate Helps Your Brain
We’ve heard rumors that chocolate helps keep you healthy over the last decade, but it turns out that in addition to any health benefits chocolate might have on your body overall, it definitely helps your brain.
The brain loves chocolate because it is rich in cocoa flavanols, which appear to have a positive impact on brain function.
What’s more, chocolate also contains methylxanthines, which is also found in tea and coffee, and can enhance various bodily functions, including cognitive function.
Moderation is Key
Yeah, yeah, we know you know that you can’t bathe yourself in chocolate and blame is on science, but remember to eat chocolate high in cocoa in order to get the maximum benefits of it.
Sorry to suck all the fun out of it!
If you opt for cheap milk chocolate, all you are getting is basically a sugar rush and maybe an upset stomach later.
Dark chocolate can have greater effects on your body, often tastes better than milk chocolate, and will help you feel satisfied more than milk chocolate because you aren’t spinning off a sugar high.
Chocolate or Coffee
If you are looking for an alternative to your regular coffee habit, you could replace a cup of coffee with some dark chocolate. 100g of dark chocolate has about 43g of caffeine, which is about half of the caffeine found in a cup (250ml) of coffee.
Plus, you could enjoy a little piece of chocolate in the morning instead of a cup of joe – doesn’t that sound fun?
So whether or not you’ve been toying with the idea of upping your chocolate intake, here’s a semi-free pass: eating dark chocolate in small amounts once a week can potentially increase your cognitive ability, make you feel more alert, and satisfy that sweet tooth.