Tuesday 25 June 2019

Chocolate make you smarter, new research suggests

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Patricia Murphy

Eating chocolate once a week boosts memory and problem-solving abilities, new research has suggested.

The recent study, published in Appetite, found that those who eat chocolate once a week see a boost in their memory retention and abstract thinking abilities.

One of the study’s lead psychologists Merrill Elias told The Washington Post: “It's significant – it touches a number of cognitive domains.”

Elias has focused his career on the relationship between blood pressure and brain performance and was at the helm of a five-year-long study in the University of South Australia which examined the effect of chocolate on the brain between 2001 and 2006.

Lead analyst of the study Georgina Crichton examined the cognitive tests of about 1000 participants, consisting of those who had eaten chocolate once a week and those who hadn’t.

Ms Crichton said those who had eaten regular chocolate throughout the research were better at everyday tasks such as “remembering a phone number, or your shopping list, or being able to do two things at once, like talking and driving at the same time".

Our study definitely indicates that the direction is not that cognitive ability affects chocolate consumption, but that chocolate consumption affects cognitive ability," Mr Elias said.

However, Mr Elias revealed that the study’s results are not a suggestion to eat more chocolate throughout the week.

"I think what we can say for now is that you can eat small amounts of chocolate without guilt if you don't substitute chocolate for a normal balanced healthy diet," he added.

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