Another reason to eat chocolate

New research finds that chocolate can help with age-related memory loss. And there's a new cafe in town.

November 29, 2014

Chocolate lovers listen up! It’s old news that eating chocolate improves mood and increases blood flow, but have scientists found a brand new reason to love this sweet treat? Sort of…  New research indicates it may reduce age-related memory loss! The study — published online in Nature Neuroscience and partly financed by a chocolate company — found that flavanols reverse mild memory loss in older adults.  The key ingredient?  For the study, researchers looked at two groups of healthy individuals ages 50 to 69. Half were given a daily drink that contained 900 milligrams of epicatechin, while the others consumed just 10 milligrams a day. After three months, the high-dose group performed significantly better on memory tests, and subsequent brain scans confirmed improved blood flow to a region of the brain that’s been linked to age-related memory loss.
But before you rush to buy more chocolate, there’s a downside! Researchers did caution that the typical candy bar contains minuscule amounts of the flavanol (with dark chocolate having more than milk chocolate), and guess what? You’d have to eat about 25 chocolate bars a day to get as much as the group in the experiment. So maybe eating that much chocolate to improve your memory isn’t a great idea.  

America’s Cat Café!
From chocolate lovers to cat lovers…Check out this latest trend that’s hitting the US! Cat Cafes!
The Cat Town Café, recently opened up in Oakland becoming the first permanent cat café in the US, but something that’s been a trend in Japan for a while.  So what is it exactly? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like, a café full of cats. So, when you sit and relax with your coffee or tea, you can pick up and chill out with any of the kitties that are lounging around. And asides from a few logistics that need to be overcome, for example at Cat Town, a double-door system had to be built to separate food areas from the sitting area, the result is one of relaxation and togetherness.

 In Montreal, where two cat cafés opened recently, customer Christopher Muther told the The Boston Globe, that when he stopped in, the customers weren’t glued to their laptops. Instead, they befriended the on-site pets, then started chatting about their own. Before long, “phones were out, and people were showing each other pictures.”

 

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