Is there such a thing as too much information when it comes to chocolate? Could be, and maybe I’ve crossed the line. I think this is my third ‘chocolate is good for you’ post this year. I can’t help it, I get all a twitter when the science guys start touting how something as sinfully delish as chocolate is good for me. Seriously, even if chocolate had no redeeming nutritional value whatsoever, it wouldn’t matter. I’d still be dippin’ my strawberries in it.
Epicatechin the magical ingredient in cocoa is a flavonol. It can improve cardiovascular function and increase blood flow to the brain, so says Salk Institute researcher Henriette van Praag. She and her colleagues, “found a combination of exercise and a diet of epicatechin also promoted functional changes in a part of the brain involved in the formation of learning and memory.” The entire report can be found in the 2007, May 30th issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.
So just give me a little dark chocolate after a brisk afternoon walk, and Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle here I come!