It is quite natural for people to gift a chocolate to a child to express love and quite obvious choice for lovers considering the feel-good factor it creates. New research shows that regular consumption of chocolate can speed up cognitive processing in adults.
Cocoa, the main ingredient of chocolate contains flavonoids that provides protection to our cardiovascular and neuro systems. They also contain methylxanthine caffeine and theobromine that enhances cognitive abilities. A research and analysis done by Valentina Socci and Michele Ferrara of the University of L'Aquila, Italy across different age groups of adults showed that increased chocolate consumption enhances memory in handling problems that are taxing for the brain such as serial subtractions. It was shown to improve speed of memory processing, verbal fluency, executive functions and working memory. Chocolates were also good at improving cognitive ability in adults facing memory decline. Additionally, it is a good source of anti-oxidants, helps maintain blood pressure and insulin resistance.
Although the research cited only refers to chocolate consumption and its benefits among adults, further studies may be required on how it helps children in improving their cognitive abilities as they have anatural attraction for it.