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The most recent evidence of this comes from an August study in the journal Neurology.  Researchers found that chocolate may help older people keep their brains healthy and their thinking sharp. Study participants who drank two cups of cocoa daily for 30 days showed an 8.3 percent increase in blood flow to the brain, and they improved their scores on memory and thinking tests.

This new finding is promising, but it's not the only health benefit that seems to come as a result of eating chocolate. Here are three more reasons why it's smart to keep chocolate in your diet.

 

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Cant beat a seriously "dark" bar of chocolate.

Mmmmmmm, yummy!
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Silly scientists. I don't need a reason to eat chocolate! Although it's good to know that I can use these as an excuse if someone ever asks me.

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the 'evil' about "chocolate" is not the chocolate itself, but the other ingredients that mixed on it.

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Does "researchers" = Cadbury/Nestle?

 

Here's four reasons why it's not:

- too much will stress the pancreas and liver and weaken the immune system (these two systems are critical for a prolonged life)

- there's a good chance that mouth ulcers and tooth cavities will form if teeth/gums are not cleaned after consumption

- you don't need much to start putting on weight and to increase your blood sugar level

- too much may cause certain skin imperfections

 

The secret to a long life is to avoid processed sugar foods/drinks at all costs (one serving (ie. dessert) every week (preferably two weeks) is okay). Get (natural) sugar from fruit instead. And don't overeat.

 

Also, get suitable levels of vitamin D from the sun (not from tablets), and do some physical activity for a few hours a week, like gardening or cleaning up the house - you don't have to run a marathon.

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same with everything though, good in moderation

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and they improved their scores on memory and thinking tests.

 

I wonder, if you give the same kind of test to the same group of people twice, how often would they do better on it the second time?

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Was this study funded by Hershey? :D

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Was this study funded by Hersey? :D

I doubt it, since Hershey chocolate is terrible and most of their products wouldn't provide the health benefits described here. Real dark chocolate with minimal additions is best. Once it's heavily processed with lots of milk and sugar it's not really worth it anymore.

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I doubt it, since Hershey chocolate is terrible and most of their products wouldn't provide the health benefits described here. Real dark chocolate with minimal additions is best. Once it's heavily processed with lots of milk and sugar it's not really worth it anymore.

 

Oh, I know. I just trying to be slightly clever since the first thing everyone hollers when a computer study is done is "it's funded by Microsoft."

 

And for the record I love chocolate and have never met any bad chocolate. It's all real good to me.

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I doubt it, since Hershey chocolate is terrible and most of their products wouldn't provide the health benefits described here. Real dark chocolate with minimal additions is best. Once it's heavily processed with lots of milk and sugar it's not really worth it anymore.

I feel so bad for people who think Hershey chocolate is actually "good" chocolate. They are missing out on so many good things :P

 

But, yeah, in moderation, chocolate is great. 

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I feel so bad for people who think Hershey chocolate is actually "good" chocolate. They are missing out on so many good things :p

 

But, yeah, in moderation, chocolate is great. 

I'm not big on chocolate in the first place, but I do like some good-quality dark now and then. Maybe with raspberry or caramel. Hershey's smells like vomit to me :laugh:

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I don't get the Hershey hate. I have been to a number of places in Europe and always try chocolate while I'm there. Its good, but Hershey is good too.

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Was this study funded by Hershey? :D

Never tasted any chocolate better than Hershey. :p

 

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I don't get the Hershey hate. I have been to a number of places in Europe and always try chocolate while I'm there. Its good, but Hershey is good too.

 

Like they say, haters are gonna hate.

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I feel like some chocolate now...

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Never tasted any chocolate better than Hershey. :p

 

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I have a box of nice Belgian chocolates at home. Come over and I will blow your mind, man.

 

(inb4 someone makes a dirty joke about my last sentence: don't even try it :laugh:)

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^ On my way to 'bama

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