2 cups of cocoa a day might keep the Alzheimer’s away

Finally some news I can use.  A new study finds that people who drink two cups of cocoa a day have better blood flow to the brain, and better memory.

For a while now, there’s been some thought that flavanols in chocolate are what make the difference.  Though in this latest test, they gave people either high-flavanol or low-flavanol cocoa, and both groups had better blood flow to the brain after the experiment.


This led the researchers to conclude that either it’s some other chemical than flavanol that matters, or it’s possible that only a small amount of flavanol is needed to get the benefit.  It’d be interesting to see if they could make a flavanol-free chocolate, or just flavanol supplements, and try each of those.

Still, it’s rather amazing results.

The LA Times has a bit more on it.

I decided to go the Mayo Clinic Web site to see if the real doctors think chocolate is a good idea.  And they say yes, it actually is.  In moderation.

Here’s Mayo’s prescription:

Choose dark chocolate with cocoa content of 65 percent or higher. Limit yourself to around 3 ounces (85 grams) a day, which is the amount some studies have shown to be helpful. Because this amount may provide up to 450 calories, you may want to cut calories in other areas or step up the exercise to compensate.

85 grams is not a small amount.  That’s two regular-sized Hershey’s bars (though Hershey’s is the wrong kind of chocolate – you need something higher in cocoa).  And if it gets too high in cocoa, it can get a bit too bitter.  I use a 60% or 65% bar of Ghirardelli’s for much of my baking, and it’s quite good, I suppose that would get your close to what the doctor ordered, but for the fat and sugar.

Still, I love chocolate, and it’s the rare day that I eat 85 grams worth (unless I make brownies or cake, then I’m a sow).  And, as they warn, be careful what you’re eating, what kind of chocolate food, so you don’t get fat, raise your cholesterol etc.  Then you’d have to eat even more chocolate to make things better :)

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