FLAVANOIS AND THEIR POLYMERS

The Sweetest Way to Stay Focused

Dig into dark chocolate to beat brain fog

Cocoa flavanols — phytonutrients abundant in dark chocolate — may keep the brain alert by increasing blood flow, found research presented at the British Psychological Society's annual conference. When adults consumed a drink containing cocoa flavanols, they reported less mental fatigue. For a brain boost, sip a cup of dark chocolate hot cocoa — we like Green and Black's Organic Hot Chocolate Drink — or nibble on a few small squares of dark chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa.

Choosing Chocolate

Are dark bars better?

Chocolate isn't just candy any more. An explosion of studies--largely funded by the chocolate industry--has convinced many people that chocolate, especially if it's dark, can protect your heart and your health.

Just about every brand, from the upscale (Toblerone, Lindt, Dove) to the mundane (Hershey's, Mars, Nestlé), now sells dark, extra dark, or premium lines. Bolder products, like Dove Vitalize, are spiked with "energy-releasing B vitamins" and plant sterols "to help promote a healthy heart."

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