Chocolate cake for breakfast? Research says it’s good for both your brain and your waistline

File this one under “studies we would definitely volunteer for:” New research says eating chocolate regularly can actually improve brain function.Yes, that sweet, sticky treat you seem to crave at the most inopportune times is now being associated with a host of cognitive benefits, including memory and abstract reasoning. It’s all part of a long-term, large-scale study out of Syracuse University in New York that measured the effects of chocolate consumption on 968 people aged 23 to 98, without changing their overall dietary habits.

“Habitual chocolate intake was related to cognitive performance, measured with an extensive battery of neuropsychological tests,” the researchers wrote. “More frequent chocolate consumption was significantly associated with better performance on [these tests].”

 

 

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