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Eating chocolate can help brain function, says new study

By Tim Ashdown February 24, 2016
Eating chocolate can help brain function, says new study | FIVEaa

A UniSA study has found that eating chocolate can help with memory, concentration and problem-solving.

A University of South Australia study has found that eating chocolate can enhance brain function, including helping with memory, concentration and problem-solving.

According to the research, the brain benefit is all thanks to a type of antioxidant known as flavanols, which is found in cocoa and chocolate.

The study’s lead author, Dr Georgie Crichton from UniSA, says the cardiovascular benefits of chocolate and cocoa flavonols are well known, but their effects on neurocognition are not.

“(The study) found that those who ate chocolate at least once per week (or more), performed better on multiple cognitive tasks, compared to those who ate chocolate less than once per week,” she said.

Eating chocolate can help brain function, says new study | FIVEaa

“Previous research has mostly examined the acute effects of increasing chocolate consumption on cognition immediately after consuming a chocolate bar/cocoa drink.”

“Of course chocolate intake should be considered within an overall healthy eating pattern, with consideration given to total energy intake and an individual’s energy needs,” Dr Crichton said.

The study involved researchers from the University of Maine, the Luxembourg Institute of Health and UniSA, and was part of the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study, which has tracked a range of health indicators in 1000 people over 30 years.

In 2015 a British and Danish study famously found that eating up to 100g of chocolate a day – about two chocolate bars – reduced the risk of coronary heart disease.

At the time health experts were quick to point out the need for a balanced diet – and as always, everything in moderation! 

Need your chocolate fix? If you're in Sydney head to the smooth Festival of Chocolate this September at The Rocks!

Sat 10 Sep 10am – 8pm

Sun 11 Sep 10am – 6pm

www.smoothfestivalofchocolate.com.au