Wooing with Wine and Chocolate a ‘Smart Idea’

Wooing with Wine and Chocolate a ‘Smart Idea’

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Wooing with Wine and Chocolate a ‘Smart Idea’

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By Cari Martens

Planning a romantic evening with a glass or two of wine and some chocolate for dessert? Your seductive strategy may not only win over your partner, it may also be good for his/her brain.

A team of Oxford researchers from the Department of Physiology and Genetics in Norway examined the relation between cognitive performance and the intake of three common foods (wine, chocolate and tea) in 2,031 people aged 70-74.

Those who consumed chocolate, wine or tea had significantly higher cognitive test scores and lower prevalence of poor cognitive performance than those who didn’t. The team reported their findings in the Journal of Nutrition.

Fruits and beverages such as tea, red wine, cocoa, and coffee are major dietary sources of polyphenols, micronutrients found in plant-derived foods. The largest subclass of dietary polyphenols is flavonoids, and it has been reported in the past that those who consume lots of flavonoids have a lower incidence of dementia.

Not sure you should mention this research during your romantic evening, but it’s something to think about during the lovers’ month of February.

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