We know that good quality chocolate’s good for the heart and blood circulation but a new study has revealed enjoying fine quality dark chocolate can also make us smarter!
The study, by the University of South Australia, found that quality chocolate improved concentration, memory, reasoning and information processing. Tracking 1000 people over 30 years, the study concluded that eating dark chocolate on a weekly basis could help to enhance brain function at any age. Why? Because chocolate made with quality cocoa beans contains flavanols, known to improve bloodflow to the brain. Great news if you’re concerned about age-related cognitive decline, as flavanols have been linked to lowering the risk of dementia too.
Chocolate has other health benefits too
The sixth century Mayan civilisation is known to have worshipped the cocoa bean, believing it to carry numerous health benefits. Many Mayan beliefs have been reinforced by modern scientific studies, which have shown quality chocolate to protect against heart disease, improve circulation and even aid weight loss!
In addition to those fabulous flavanols, fine dark chocolate is packed with essential minerals including zinc, potassium and selenium. It contains iron too, which is a great boost for women - as if we needed an excuse! Go easy though; a small, daily serving of chocolate offers great health benefits without risk of piling on the pounds.
These exciting developments mean that indulging in your favourite luxury chocolate assortments, or gifting a selection of fine chocolates for a loved one or friend, can be enjoyed guilt-free and savoured as part of a healthy lifestyle.
At Chouchoute our handcrafted, artisan chocolates are made with only the highest quality cocoa beans and ingredients, for intense, fresh and delicate chocolate flavours which tantalise the palate. To find out more about our range of speciality, handmade chocolate assortments, boxes and gifts, please call 0121 314 3472.