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Eating chocolate makes you smarter


Chocolate is good for us in so many ways

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I love this: According to a study done by the Department of Nutrition at the University of Oslo in Norway, people who regularly ate chocolate scored higher on cognitive tests than those who didn’t report eating as much chocolate.

The report is a little vague, but the researchers asked over 2,000 people, aged 70-74, about their eating habits. In particular, they wanted to know about the participants’ intake of chocolate, tea and wine, foodstuffs high in flavonoids. Wine had the strongest correlation with high test results, but chocolate came in second. Yea!

It’s good for your heart too

More good news, this time from a study done in Sweden: Among non-diabetic patients with coronary heart disease, those who regularly ate chocolate after their 1st heart attack had lower mortality rates than those who never ate chocolate.

Plus it gives you strong teeth

And finally, someone did their dissertation on theobromine, a compound that naturally occurs in chocolate and tea, and found that it might strengthen teeth as well as or better than fluoride. Whoopee, chocolate toothpaste. Word of warning: Reading the article description in the link provided might make your brain hurt — have some chocolate first-aid handy.

I got all this good news in an email from RealAge, a website focused on healthy living.

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Published December 11, 2009