Dark chocolate is beneficial to your brain health and wellness. Induldge!
It’s Halloween, which means that most likely you will be surrounded by opportunities to indulge in chocolate treats. Therefore, you may be wondering: Is chocolate healthy? The answer, surprisingly, is that extra dark chocolate is GREAT for brain health. While pure cocoa is best, this may be too bitter for anyone with a sweet tooth, so a good rule of thumb is to go for chocolate that is 85% cocoa or more. Basically, the darker the chocolate, the better it is for your brain. Sorry milk chocolate lovers, milk chocolate does not meet these requirements. While we’re on the subject of unhealthy chocolate, forget about white chocolate as well, which, according to my cousin, a Chocolatier and owner of Chocolate Accents in Florida, technically isn’t even chocolate at all
The fact is for over 20 years, I’ve been toting the benefits of dark chocolate to my patients with a brain injury, such as someone with a concussion, stroke, MS, Parkinson Disease, Autism and ADHD. I’ve even included this information in my newest book, Coping with Concussion and Mild TraumaticBrain Injury. Luckily, it seems that this notion of dark chocolate and chocolate chips organic being healthy is becoming more widely known, and recently there was even a segment on the evening news discussing recent research on how eating dark chocolate was good for memory, especially for seniors.