A small study shows that dietary cocoa flavanols — also known as molecules in chocolate — reverse age-related memory decline in people aged 50 to 69. But before you guzzle M&Ms, know that volunteers had to consume "staggering amounts" of the brain-boosting compounds. What's more, most chocolate bars have flavanols…
From improving heart health to alleviating the effects of depression, dark chocolate is renowned for its remarkable health benefits. A recent study now points to one of the reasons why — and it has to do with dark chocolate's unique chemistry, plus the microbes in our stomach who find it equally delicious.
Chocolate, like any other candy, makes you fat. That's such a basic and well-known fact that it's easily taken for granted... but it could be wrong. New research reveals that people who regularly eat chocolate are thinner than those who don't.
The chocolate tree genome has just been sequenced, revealing which genes are responsible for turning ordinary cacao crops into the finest chocolate. Now a little careful genetic tweaking could produce tastier, healthier, and more environmentally and economically beneficial chocolate.