Eating chocolate regularly improves brain function

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Do you love chocolate? Of course you do. According an article by the Independent—based on a study published in the journal Appetite—regularly consuming cocoa flavanols (a subgroup of flavonoids) are said to be positively linked to cognitive function. Dark chocolate contains the highest level of flavanols, which are also present in red wine, tea, and fruits, like apples and grapes. The data collected from the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study measured 968 people aged between 23-98 for dietary intake, cardiovascular risk factors, and cognitive function. Researchers concluded that eating chocolate regularly showed improved performance on tests having to do with visual-spatial memory and organization, working memory, scanning and tracking, abstract reasoning, and the mini-mental state examination. Hooray! Break us off another piece of that Kit Kat bar, please!

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