Dark Chocolate Shown to Increase Attentiveness

Participants who ate a confection made of 60% cacao were more alert and attentive after consumption.

Move over coffee, and make way for dark chocolate. New research showsthat eating a piece of dark chocolate activates the brain to increaseattention levels.

The study is the first to observe the effects of chocolate onattentional characteristics of the brain and the first-ever study ofchocolate consumption performed using electroencephalography (EEG). EEGstudies take images of the brain while it is performing a cognitive taskand measure the brain activity.

Chocolate is generally recognized as a vasodilator, meaning that itwidens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure in the long run, butchocolate also offers some powerful stimulants.

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