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Old 05-25-2006, 01:23 PM   #1
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Now if only they could come up with a way to make regular, fat and sugar laded chocolate calorie reduced/ calorie free. Does anyone know if sugar free chocolate has these ingredients?

Now I can just say that I am enhancing my brain and not just being a pig.


(AP)Chocolate lovers rejoice. A new study hints that eating milk chocolate may boost brain function.

"Chocolate contains many substances that act as stimulants, such as theobromine, phenethylamine, and caffeine," Dr. Bryan Raudenbush from Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia noted in comments to Reuters Health.

"These substances by themselves have previously been found to increase alertness and attention and what we have found is that by consuming chocolate you can get the stimulating effects, which then lead to increased mental performance."

To study the effects of various chocolate types on brain power, Raudenbush and colleagues had a group of volunteers consume, on four separate occasions, 85 grams of milk chocolate; 85 grams of dark chocolate; 85 grams of carob; and nothing (the control condition).

After a 15-minute digestive period, participants completed a variety of computer-based neuropsychological tests designed to assess cognitive performance including memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem solving.

"Composite scores for verbal and visual memory were significantly higher for milk chocolate than the other conditions," Raudenbush told Reuters Health. And consumption of milk and dark chocolate was associated with improved impulse control and reaction time.

Previous research has shown that some nutrients in food aid in glucose release and increased blood flow, which may augment cognitive performance. The current findings, said Raudenbush, "provide support for nutrient release via chocolate consumption to enhance cognitive performance."
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i've started eating very, very dark chocolate -- should be at least 70% pure, so you don't get nearly the amount of sugar you would in milk chocolate, but you do get all those antioxidents.
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I read that very dark chocolate is one of the five healthiest foods.
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I read the book "French Women Don't Get Fat" and the author says dark chocolate is a must to eat everyday, especially women
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I read the book "French Women Don't Get Fat" and the author says dark chocolate is a must to eat everyday, especially women
A colleague eats one small piece of dark chocolate everyday. Unlike other women in the office whose weight fluctuates quite naturally with their cycle, hers never ever changes, she just has one of those perfect slim figures. I wonder if this is her secret.
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Dark chocolate is my favorite...I have a piece or two quite frequently and I'm also nice and trim
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i still have chocolate left over from Switzerland ...
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A colleague eats one small piece of dark chocolate everyday. Unlike other women in the office whose weight fluctuates quite naturally with their cycle, hers never ever changes, she just has one of those perfect slim figures. I wonder if this is her secret.
I suspect the "one small piece" part has a lot to do with that perfect figure. I hate people with self control.

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i still have chocolate left over from Switzerland ...
care to share?

dark chocolate is the best thing eva.
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Last summer in Paris I walked into a really expensive chocolate shop...my goodness the smell of the place, I was literally doing this The cheapest chocolate was a small box for 6 Euros...that was GOOD stuff. I can't imagine how the more expensive chocolate must have tasted.
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come visit DC, my little Canadian quiche, and i'll save you a whole bar of Lindt chocolate.

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Lindt..........

I can't find my favorite Lindt in the states...not in Lindt stores, World Market, anywhere. It's milk chocolate with a coconut filling, I've only had it from Switzerland.
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