Chocolate CAN Make You Smarter

You heard it right, recent studies have shown eating chocolate regularly can improve brain function, and make you smarter. If you’re anything like me, this is welcome news!

The benefits of chocolate are nothing new and have been known for some time now. Chocolate (or cocoa) has been around for over 3,500 years, and a massive 7.2 million tonnes were consumed worldwide in 2009. It has been prescribed over the years to reduce fever, decrease “female complaints”, increase breast-milk production, encourage sleep, and clean teeth.

Some of the commonly recognised health benefits of chocolate include making you feel good, reducing pain & stress, anti-oxidant, improves blood flow & pressure, lowers risk of cardio vascular disease, and improves insulin sensitivity.

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Direct from a recent study – “More frequent chocolate consumption was significantly associated with better performance on [cognitive tests including] visual-spatial memory and organisation, working memory, scanning and tracking, abstract reasoning, and the mini-mental state examination.”

So what’s the catch?

The great benefits of chocolate come from cocoa (or the raw form – cacau) and the majority of chocolate is full of refined sugar, which has a wide range of well known downsides and has even been shown to shrink your brain cells. Go for dark chocolate, specifically those with high cocoa content – and avoid chocolate with a lot of processed sugar in it. I personally am a big fan of Green & Black’s Dark 85% chocolate, it’s high in coca, low in sugar, and tastes very creamy. I Quit Sugar has a great guide on what to look out for when choosing your chocolate/cocoa.

Aaron Weller

Aaron is the CEO & Co-Founder of Lucid. He brings a wealth of business smarts and startup experience to the team and is heading up the launch of future growth of the company.