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Friday, 30 June 2017

Chocolate - the intelligent choice



Frontiers in Nutrition has some excellent information for chocolate lovers.

Enhancing Human Cognition with Cocoa Flavonoids

The specific mechanisms of action of flavonoids responsible for cognitive protection and modulation are not entirely elucidated. Nevertheless, increasing evidence supports the notion that cocoa and chocolate consumption provides several health benefits, including neurocognitive enhancement and neuroprotective effects.


Good news indeed, but it is probably worth reminding ourselves that milk chocolate sold in the UK may contain as little as 20% cocoa solids. Good quality dark chocolate seems to be the intelligent choice, but if we already make intelligent choices we don't need it do we?

6 comments:

Michael said...

...just gone to grab a Twix while I'm reading this...

wiggiatlarge said...

Oh we do , around 75% cocao does it and I am not of a sweet tooth, but a couple of days in Bruges changed my attitude.

Sam Vega said...

Good quality dark chocolate seems to be the intelligent choice, but if we already make intelligent choices we don't need it do we?

Just eat lots of it and see if the choices get any more intelligent.

A K Haart said...

Scrobs - dark choc version I hope.

Wiggia - I go for 75% too, seems about right.

Sam - the trouble is, if too many people try it we could end up with dire predictions about all the health problems caused by excessive intelligence.

James Higham said...

I mix the two - have just bought this week's supply. Dark is good for us, milk is for pleasure.

A K Haart said...

James - I'm not so keen on milk, dark seems to be taking over my taste buds.