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Researchers invited 30 healthy, college students to participate in a study to examine the effects of chocolate on vision and thinking (cognitive) abilities. For the first portion of the study, half of the participants ate a single serving of dark chocolate, while the other half ate white chocolate. For the second portion of the study, the groups switched to the other type of chocolate, and for one week in between, participants ate no chocolate at all.
Everyone in the study completed tests of visual function and thinking ability approximately two hours after eating 35 grams (1.25 ounces) of dark or white chocolate. The researchers found that those eating dark chocolate performed significantly better on these tests than those eating white chocolate:
Dark chocolate contains dozens of nutrients called flavonols and health experts theorize that dark chocolate improves brain function because flavonols improve blood flow to the brain. This study supports this hypothesis: that improvements in visual and thinking ability after eating dark chocolate indicate this food may improve brain function. White chocolate does not contain these healthful nutrients.
These tips for enjoying dark chocolate just may give your brain that extra edge to power through the toughest mental tasks, without expanding your waistline.
(Physiol Behav 2011; 103:255–60)
Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, an author, speaker, and internationally recognized expert in chronic disease prevention, epidemiology, and nutrition, has taught medical, nursing, public health, and alternative medicine coursework. She has delivered over 150 invited lectures to health professionals and consumers and is the creator of a nutrition website acclaimed by the New York Times and Time magazine. Suzanne received her training in epidemiology and nutrition at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health at Ann Arbor.
| Nutrition Facts |
Serving Size: 1 scoop
Servings Per Container: 28
|Amount Per Serving||%DV||Amino Acid Profile per 100g of Protein||%DV|
|Calories from Fat||35||-||-|
|Total Fat||4 g||6.000%*||-||-|
|Saturated Fat||1.5 g||8.000%*||-||-|
|Trans Fat||0 g||**||-||-|
|Total Carbohydrate||5 g||2.000%*||-||-|
|Dietary Fiber||2 g||8.000%*||-||-|
|Asparatic Acid||-||-||11130 mg||**|
|Total Amino Acids||-||-||104020 mg||**|
|Critical Five Amino Acids||-||-||48360 mg||**|
|Glutamine (as Glutamic Acid)||-||-||21710 mg||**|
*Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Daily Value (DV) not established.
Ingredients: Probolic Sustained Release Amino Acid Enhanced Protein Matrix [Supro Soy Protein Isolate (with Lecithin), Calcium Caseinate, and Whey Protein Concentrate, Branched Chain Amino Acid Blend (L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine and L-Valine)], cocoa, natural & artificial flavors, Lipobolic Advanced Lipid Complex [Medium Chain Triglycerides Complex, Borage Seed Oil Powder (10% GLA), Conjugated Linoleic Acid Complex (78% CLA), Evening Primrose Seed Oil (4.8% GLA), Flaxseed Powder (8% ALA), and Omega 3 Complex (7.5% EPA & DHA)], Stearic Acid, Gum Blend (Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum and Carrageenan), Salt, Silica, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose. Contains milk, soy and fish.
Keep out of reach of children. Do not purchase if seal is broken. Store at 15-30 degrees C (59-86F). Protect from heat, light and moisture. Notice: Use this product as a food supplement only. Do not use for weight reduction.