Research Roundup

August 2013 Issue

Research Roundup: August 2013

Dark chocolate positively impacts mood. Consuming a large amount of cocoa polyphenols, compounds found naturally in the cocoa bean, can result in improved feelings of calmness and contentment, according to a study of 72 men and women aged 40-65 years from the University of Australia. Those who drank a standardized dark chocolate drink containing 500 milligrams (mg) of cocoa polyphenols daily for 30 days reported greater calmness and happiness than those who consumed a drink with only 250 mg or none at all.

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