Hot Chocolate! Cocoa’s Good for Us!

December 23, 2013

A recent Harvard University study has noted that drinking two cups of hot cocoa each day may improve memory in older adults.  It’s official!  Something that’s tasty and yummy may be good for us!

Lead researcher, Dr. Farzaneh Sorond of Harvard Medical School in Boston noted that increased blood flow to the brain may improve memory function in older adults with impaired blood flow.  The study did not include older adults with dementia.  

Sixty adults consumed two cups of hot cocoa every day for 30 days.  They were asked not to consume any additional chocolate.  The subjects with impeded blood flow to the brain were found to have an increased cognitive ability at the end of the study.

Celebrate science!  On a cold, blustery December afternoon try a steamy cup of hot cocoa with this recipe:

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Tasty Hot Cocoa

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup milk                                                                                                      
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in a large mug.  Heat milk in a microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes or until hot, do not boil.  Gradually add milk to cocoa mixture; stir well.  Stir in vanilla.

Sit back, snuggle into your favorite lap blanket, gaze through the frosty window and enjoy!  To good health! Please make adjustments if other health conditions prohibit sugar.

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