You may have heard the idea that chocolate actually helps one think. For me, it was always from my dad who would tell me to eat a chocolate bar before an exam in school. I never did it, but I might have to go back to those earlier years and shove chocolate in my face because according to a recent study from Syracuse University, chocolate may help brain activity and cognition.
The researchers had participants perform specific tests and in a long study showed this is a result, “Chocolate intake was significantly and positively associated with the Global Composite, Visual-Spatial Memory and Organization, Working Memory, Scanning and Tracking, the Similarities test (abstract reasoning), and the MMSE.”
Know what that means? Let’s couple chocolate with the powerful first meal of the day that is known as breakfast and layer it into cake form! Breakfast is important for the human routine. Even the word “breakfast” can be translated into break fast or breaking the fast from sleep. The body shuts down during sleep so the first meal of the day is important to reawakening your physical vessel. A big and hearty breakfast will do just that, right? Couple the chocolate cake with other foods that trigger mental activity such as eggs and their yolk. Combining multiple brain foods would not only activate your mind for the day, but if done routinely the brain might even start functioning more actively in a positive fashion.
Not only can that savory chocolate cake be beneficial in breakfast for it’s brain power, but it might act as a way to calm cravings and other bad eating habits throughout the remainder of the day as well. This is according to a study done at Tel Aviv University. The idea behind the study was to show that timing full meals correctly had more benefits to people trying to shed pounds than not. This is in relation to the idea that a high calorie breakfast with sweets involved will help curve the calories for the rest of the day.
The cocoa plants have been a harvested crop in South America since ancient tribal times. It has always had a link to romance because of the tradition of these tribes since they would create a drink from the plants to be used for marriages and other ceremonies similar. It was once a delicacy only known to a few parts of the world but since it was mainstreamed into the world chocolate has been sought after for various reasons. It has been used to treat sickness, as a proof of royalty, as a way to prepare for sexual dominance, as comfort and now it can be looped into helping brain functions and a staple breakfast food. It is also crazy to think that after thousands of years of being consumed, there are still studies being done on chocolate to see its benefits. Some of the three million or so cocoa beans consumed yearly can start being indulged during the early morning hours for the best meal of the day.
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