You might’ve heard about chocolate being good for making you think. It’s more of an old wives tale, but a recent study from Syracuse University may have just confirmed its legitimacy.
In the test, the researchers had 968 participants perform specific tasks. They paired these tasks with cross-sectional analyses, and noticed that the consumption of chocolate was positively associated with tests including the Global Composite, Visual-Spacial Memory and Organization, Working Memory, Scanning and Tracking, and the Similarities tests, in addition to the MMSE (mini-mental state examination).
Basically, cognitive scores jumped substantially for people who consume chocolate at least once a week compared to people who rarely or never eat it. But what does this have to do with breakfast?
Well, the most important meal of the day is breakfast, right? It makes sense that, if we want to give our brains a kickstart, we should eat chocolate in the morning. It can also calm cravings for the rest of the day, according to Tel Aviv University. The idea behind this study was to show that timing meals had more benefits to people trying to lose weight. Thus, a high-calorie breakfast with sweets can help curb intake for the rest of the day.
Really, this only justifies my post-eggs chocolate bar but in reality, science has been telling us how good chocolate is for our brains for years. One study by Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital targeted people between the ages of 67 and 77 who had impaired blood flow to their brains. It found that drinking hot cocoa twice a day for 30 days led to a 30% increase in memory and thinking abilities, and an 8.3% increase in blood flow to the brain.
So there we go. Far from being the comfort, sugary, ‘bad-for-you’ treat it has the reputation of, chocolate is more like the underappreciated band who everyone only likes cause the lead singer is cute.