Dark chocolate lovers rejoice. Two new pilot studies found that that dark chocolate may be especially beneficial for the brain and the immune system.
Both studies fed study subjects high cacao (70%) dark chocolate and monitored a host of cellular processes, including gene activity in both brain cells and immune cells, as well as brainwave activity. The results? The researchers noted a broad array of beneficial changes at the cellular and genetic level after study subjects consumed the 70% dark chocolate.
This is great news as the changes noted can ultimately translate to improvements in mood, memory, immunity, and stress.
High cacao dark chocolate (70 % or higher) is exploding with exceedingly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds called flavanols. While larger studies are certainly needed to confirm these exciting findings, keep in mind that we already know that dark chocolate provides a healthy hit of fiber, magnesium, zinc, and iron with hardly any sugar.
A two-square dose of my go-to bar, Ghiradelli 86%, only has a half a teaspoon of sugar! Dark chocolate is certainly a treat that you can enjoy without the guilt. (Experimental Biology Meeting, 2018)
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