I'm off to study for a Statistics exam and thought I'd pass on this interesting bit of new research: Chocolate can improve math performance a new study released in the UK revels. Researchers at the UK's Northumbria university found the high level of cocoa flavanols in chocolate improved cognitive performance.. There has been a lot of research recently on the potential positive impact of flavanols on health, and their antioxident properties, on everything from heart disease to depression. Crystal Haskell at the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre at Northumbria university said “Foods containing high levels of cocoa flavanols, found in chocolate, have been shown to increase cerebral blood flow, and it has also been proven that consumption of plants that have these properties improves performance on mentally demanding tasks." The participants were also less mentally tired after completing their tasks.
So go pick yourself up a Fair Trade, Organic Dark Chocolate Bar! (Preferably sweetened with an unrefined sweetener!! and from a local chocolatier- check out TAZA if you're in Boston)
Or even better-get a Jocolat Larabar- a healthy alternative with just fruit, nuts and cocoa powder! I highly recommend the mint chocolate!
Hope its as sunny where you are as it is here! I'm headed outside to eat my Jocolat bar and memorize some equations!