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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Chocolate makes people happier, but not smarter

A group of scientists from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, came to the conclusion that chocolate, as suggested earlier, improves the mood of the one who consumes it. At the same time, the beneficial effects of this product on cognitive ability may be exaggerated, the researchers said.

In the study, experts counted to check how the human influence on poleberry — substances in especially large quantities are contained in dark chocolate. In order to answer this question, they asked 72 men and women aged 40 to 65 years during the month daily drink created by experts to experiment with chocolate drinks. For different volunteers, the researchers created a drink with polifenoles, reports sciencealert.com.

Before starting the experiment and after 30 days, scientists conducted surveys to participants in the experiment in which they had to rate their own mood on 16 criteria. As it turned out, a month during which people were eating chocolate made them more peaceful and contented life. Scientists themselves recognize that such a survey is difficult to recognize an absolute objective way of measuring mood, but a more efficient way, according to them, is simply difficult to come up with. Also, experts note that their study does not allow us to answer the question, were people happier because of the composition of chocolate, or simply due to the fact that it’s a treat they liked, so that the detected link can be both biological and purely psychological.

With regard to the cognitive functions of man, on them, according to the researchers, the month of eating chocolate is not affected.

The researchers emphasize that the positive effects of chocolate on mood should not serve as a pretext to abuse this product — it is still harmful to human figure. At the same time, received from the experts conclusions, in their own view, show that eating chocolate in small amounts to a person should not be avoided. As experts remind, earlier it was proven that chocolate reduces the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system.

The work of scientists published in the scientific publication Journal of psychopharmacology is.

Speaking earlier, another group of scientists representing the University of South Australia, came to different conclusions regarding the influence of chocolate on the brain — they found that its use helps a person to develop memory, ability to concentrate, ability to think and process information.

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