You might be a coffee or chocolate addict and you may be thinking of letting go of the habit. Well, you have one more reason to keep at it as science believes caffeine and chocolate are a match made in heaven.
The next time you order a mocha latte, know that you’re not just getting your hot coffee with a chocolate-y twist—you’re delivering some seriously good stuff to your brain.
According to scientists from Clarkson University and University of Georgia and the research which they published in the journal BMC Nutrition, the combination of caffeine and chocolate in a mocha latte create a superpower duo all coca/coffee lovers need to be getting a piece of.
To determine the “acute effects of brewed cocoa consumption on attention, motivation to perform cognitive work, and feelings of anxiety, energy and fatigue” the team, led by Clarkson University’s Ali Boolani, spent almost a year on a double-blind study.
Their test subjects drank brewed cocoa, caffeine without cocoa, a placebo with neither caffeine nor cocoa, and—if they were really lucky—cocoa with caffeine. Tests were then carried out to evaluate both cognitive tasks and mood.
The researchers found that Cocoa increases cerebral blood flow, which increases cognition and attention. Caffeine alone can increase anxiety. This particular project found that cocoa lessens caffeine’s anxiety-producing effects—a good reason to drink mocha lattes!
The results of the tests are definitely promising and show that cocoa and caffeine are good choices for students and anyone else who is in need of improved and sustained attention.
The best news is that the research was sponsored by the Hershey Company, which means manufacturers could soon be figuring out how many ways they can bring this winning caffeine/cocoa partnership to market.
If you love caffeine and chocolate, you have one more reason to tell your friends as to why you can’t kick your addiction. Enjoy your mocha lattes and the improved and sustained memory that comes with it.