On this week’s blog, we share a special guest article from researcher, teacher, and author, Mitravinda Savanur. Enjoy! ;-)
Individually, coffee and chocolate are delicious food items. When combined, they still make for a delicious combination. And surprisingly, the combination has more health benefits than the two food items have individually.
So what are the health benefits of coffee & chocolate?
Coffee and chocolate is a sophisticated combination of flavors. According to research, it’s a healthy combination as well.
Clarkson University conducted a small research study to understand the effects of caffeine, cocoa, and cocoa-caffeine on one’s mood and cognition. The most important cognitional activity that the study tested was one’s attention span.
The results of the study were extremely interesting.
People who drank only cocoa could complete the work assigned faster and with lesser mistakes. The participants who were given caffeine to drink completed the work with the same efficiency but there was a spike in their anxiety levels.
Now, those people who drank the caffeine-cocoa mix completed the work efficiently and did so in a sense of calm. What this basically suggests is that the cocoa calmed the anxiety spiking properties of caffeine and mellowed down the whole ‘caffeine-high’.
It was concluded that Cocoa-Caffeine combination boosts attention and eases anxiety.
The main ingredient in coffee is caffeine. Caffeine is a psychoactive drug. In low doses, coffee is fine. However, as a drug, caffeine is addictive and a person can become dependent on it. Yet, despite popular belief, coffee has both; positive and negative health impacts.
But let’s skip the generic vocabulary and instead dive into real facts:
Everyone loves chocolate. The main ingredient in chocolate is cocoa. All of the nutritional value of chocolate is mostly dependent on this main ingredient.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at some chocolate health facts:
Coffee and chocolate are both regular food items that are a part of most households. Therefore, it is important to be aware of their impact on health. With this article, we hope to have addressed this issue. You can now make educated decisions to control the intake of these two ingredients by your family.
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Mitravinda Savanur is a Nutritionist at DietChart with a doctoral degree in Food Science and Nutrition. She is a researcher, teacher, and an author. Through her blogs, she wishes to help people gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between food, nutrition, lifestyle, and health.