New study shows eating chocolate 'improves brain function'

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New Study Shows Eating Chocolate 'Improves Brain Function'

When you think of brain food, healthy snacks like blueberries or walnuts probably come to mind.

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But it turns out that chocolate is great for your noggin too.

Researchers found that regular chocolate consumption improve our brains' cognitive ability to function.

Beyond the usual enjoyment we get from chocolate, scientists have found that eating it helps improve working memory, abstract reasoning and visual-spacial memory.

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New study shows eating chocolate 'improves brain function'
Workers sort sour gummy worm candy before packagin at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Sour gummy worm candy moves along the production line at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Workers move products past a Lemonhead candy mural at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Candy is mixed and cooked before being molded into Trolli brand gummy worm candy during production at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Trolli brand mini sour gummy worms sit in candy molds during production at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Raw materials used in the production of Trolli brand gummy worm candy is seen in the kitchen area at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Sour gummy worm candy moves along the production line at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Sour gummy worm candy moves along the production line at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Sour gummy worm candy moves down a conveyor belt on the production line at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Sour gummy worm candy moves down a conveyor belt on the production line at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Sour gummy worm candy moves down a conveyor belt on the production line at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A worker sorts sour gummy worm candy before packaging at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Trolli brand sour gummy candy falls through a shoot during packaging at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Trolli brand sour gummy candy falls through a shoot during packaging at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A spool of labels for Trolli brand evil twin gummy candy is seen during packaging at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A worker boxes up packages of Trolli brand evil twin gummy candy at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Trolli brand mini sour gummy worms sit in candy molds during production at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Sour gummy worm sit candy molds during production at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Workers sort sour gummy worm candy before packagin at the Ferrara Candy Co. facility in Forest Park, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On average, each American will spend $74.00 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Well, there goes my method of "forgetting" that I already ate a piece. Or two. Or five.

And there's a method to this "cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs" brand of science too: the darker the chocolate, the better it is for you.

The study also found that the sweet treat has been used to reduce fevers, treat childhood diarrhea, increase breast milk production, encourage sleep and clean teeth.

Just don't go crazy: your dentist still probably wouldn't recommend brushing twice daily with chocolate syrup.

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