Monday, April 6, 2009

chocolate is good for math

It's true!

A recent study revealed that consuming cocoa-derived flavanols (naturally occurring in chocolate products) helped subjects attain improved performance in simple mental math:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/5095760/Scientists-reveal-how-eating-chocolate-can-help-improve-your-maths.html

As a mathematician, I must note that what they were really studying is basically just arithmetic, so claiming chocolate helps with all math from this study is akin to saying you'd be a better poet simply because you're better at spelling. Maybe some correlation, but it's a stretch.

In case you don't want to give yourself another excuse to consume vast quantities of cocoa, here are a few other items (according to this website) which also contain flavanols: red apples, apricots, and green and black tea.