Boy, do we have great news.
It can also help you get more done. A recent study by psychological scientists at Northern Arizona University found that dark chocolate (60% or more cacao) increases your alertness and heightens your attention.
This news comes at an ideal time. Fall can be a challenging season. With the kids back in school — and probably distance learning from home — it’s time for everyone to slide back into a serious routine. That requires quite a bit from you.
If you’re feeling up against the wall trying to finagle everyone back into a schedule, don’t worry. Dark chocolate can be your (very tasty) ally.
How Dark Chocolate Affects Your Productivity
So what, exactly, did that study find? In their conclusion, the study authors write, “This study suggests an acute stimulating effect of cacao on the human brain.” As far as the study’s significance, they say, “This is the first known study to investigate acute EEG effects of consuming chocolate and suggests a potential attention-enhancing effect.”
In other words, this is the first time scientists have used electroencephalography (EEG) to take images of the brain while people perform a cognitive task after eating chocolate.
The study found that dark chocolate did significantly more for productivity than lighter varieties. A writeup of the study put it well, saying, “The findings show that the brains of participants who consumed the 60 percent cacao were more alert and attentive after consumption.”
In other words, eating some dark chocolate might be just what you need to beat that midday slump. Not only do you get to indulge yourself a little with something delicious, but you also get the perk of a perk-up that can help you tackle whatever’s next on your to-do list.
Calm, Cool, and Collected
Let dark chocolate be your new go-to when you're looking for a way to stay productive and calm, all at the same time. A study found that regularly consuming dark chocolate “increased self-rated calmness and contentedness.”
So go ahead. Dig into that chocolate. You’ll help yourself get more done and you’ll feel calmer doing it, all while enjoying a delicious snack. We call that a win-win-win.
We’ve got a way you can truly score that triple-win guilt-free. With JOJO’s Chocolate, you get high-quality, delicious dark chocolate with minimal or no sugar. You get all the perks without the slump as the sugar high wears off, helping you maintain your productive streak.
With a dark chocolate bar in hand, you can do anything!