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Dark Chocolate May Make You Smarter, Adventist Study Says

The research is preliminary, but Loma Linda University believes it is “the wave of the future.”


By Andrew McChesney, news editor, Adventist Review

Dark chocolate has long been linked to certain health benefits, but a new Loma Linda University study indicates that the rich delicacy may also improve memory, increase intelligence, and even put you in a better mood.

The preliminary research suggests that dark chocolate with a cacao content of at least 70 percent affects regions of the brain associated with learning and memory, promoting nerve cell growth, increased brain function and communication, blood flow improvement, and the formation of blood vessels in the brain and sensory systems.

“We have for the first time shown that there a possible connection of neuroelectric activities that initiate the mechanisms of cacao's beneficial effects on brain reasoning and intellect, synchronization, memory, recall, mood, and behavior,” Lee Berk, a public doctor and lead researcher of the team at the Seventh-day Adventist-owned institution in southern California.

While additional research is needed, Berk said, the initial findings represent “the wave of the future” for studies about the benefits of “healthy chocolate” on the brain.

Previous studies have shown that dark chocolate contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that improve cardiovascular health.

The latest findings may raise questions among Adventist believers who wonder whether chocolate should be consumed at all. Allen R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless, the former and current directors, respectively, of the Adventist world church’s health ministries department, have dismissed such concerns.

“Much of the debate [about chocolate] comes from repeated assertions that chocolate contains caffeine,” the two medical doctors co-wrote in an article published in the Adventist Review in 2007. “In fact, the caffeine content is in no way comparable to that in tea, coffee, or caffeinated beverages, being of a magnitude of one-tenth to one-fifteenth as much. Some of the factors in chocolate may actually be very healthful.”

The doctors noted that dark chocolate — not milk chocolate or white chocolate — appeared to play a role in lowering blood pressure.

An important caveat is that a person should use chocolate sparingly, bearing in mind the associated sugar present in almost all chocolate and the fact that optimal, healthful amounts have not yet been determined, Landless told the Adventist Review on Monday.

“Milk chocolate is often rich in fat and sugar,” Landless said by e-mail. “All chocolate consumption should be in moderation — one to two squares (not bars!) daily. Be sure to balance the diet with a variety of foods that are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals found in many fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables.”

Landless and Handysides also expressed strong doubts in their article that Adventist Church cofounder Ellen G. White had concerns about chocolate in her day, pointing out that an examination of her archived grocery lists showed that she purchased chocolate.

Berk presented Loma Linda University’s findings at Neuroscience 2015, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, in Chicago on Oct. 18.

“We are tremendously excited about what these findings could potentially mean for brain health,” Berk said in an e-mailed statement Monday.

Right. This has been the subject of at least two peer reviewed papers, for a couple of years, or so. Its great information.

Now, if only we could keep the 'sweet' and remove the calories. S22

A Mounds Bar is nectar from the gods.
(10-22-2015, 11:40 PM)WmLambert Wrote: A Mounds Bar is nectar from the gods.

Now, why'd you do that Bill? You have me drooling over something I really, really don't have any business eating. Gah

Mounds has dark chocolate, and also coconut, which is good for you too!
There is also a Mound's ice cream bar which must be tasted to be believed. All the cashiers at Kroger's agree its the best thing in the store.

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To my taste, absolutely the best-tasting chocolate on earth is Alberts/Moritz Ice Cubes. They add no wax, so the chocolate truly melts in your mouth (and on your fingers). They also mix in finely ground hazelnut paste, which adds to the sweetness and richness. I very seldom see them in stores, but when I do, I have to buy some. Currently one of the local CVS stores has them. They come from Germany.


Hmm--I just discovered that they can be purchased online. I'll have to think about that. Don't want to go overboard. But wow, they are so good! Now when the weather is cool might be a good time to have them shipped!
My favorite chocolate candy can be found at the Polish food store just north of the 18-1/2 Mile Rd. round-about at Van Dyke Ave. Of course, these chocolates have liquor filling.

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I believe I'll settle for chocolate AND peanut butter any day. The only problem is that they contain too many calories of carbohydrates that keep adding to my waistline. Gah

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I think I need some shares in Candy Warehouse.
Candy Warehouse is where I wound up ordering a box of 100 Moritz Ice Cubes (via Pay Pal and Ebay).

I will have to try the Mounds ice cream bars. Sounds like it could be dangerously good!

I'll pass on anything with a liquor filling. No alcohol for me.

Of course, I should also mention that Lindt's Truffles is pretty good. Expensive, but pretty good. It is like chocolate cake frosting contained in a harder chocolate shell. You can buy Lindt candy almost anywhere.

Hmm, I wonder if that store on Rochester Road (in Clawson, Mich.), "Doc Sweets," has Moritz Ice Cubes. They claim they have everything. As a matter of principle, I very seldom shop there. Not the type of store I should be frequenting! S5
Nothing better than See's Candy, either.
If it makes one more intelligent, it means that my only and last sin, vice and addiction is actualy a good one.
I think I heard of some chocolate concoctions called "Death By Chocolate." Yes, here is one such:

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(11-15-2015, 08:50 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: If it makes one more intelligent, it means that my only and last sin, vice and addiction is actualy a good one.

Let me be among the first to commend you, Saint Fred! S16

And you got to be an angel by eating Devil's Food cake, right? S22

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