VERIFY: Can chocolate help improve memory?

Our Verify team is tacking a story that is being shared all over social media. It says a study found that chocolate can help improve memory, especially as you age.

Our Verify team is tacking a story that is being shared all over social media. It says a study found that chocolate can help improve memory, especially as you age.

While it sounds delicious, our Verify fact checkers decided to take a closer look. Here's what they found:

  • The first red flag was the study was sponsored by Mars Inc., the company that makes everything from Snickers to M&M's.
  • Also, the research was only done on 37 people. They were not given chocolate, but cocoa Flavanol supplements.
  • While research found improvements in the area of the brain associated with memory, it only looked at participants over a three month period.

While Flavanols in chocolate may help you memory as you age, we can verify this study was too small and too short to say that for sure.

VERIFY: Sources

http://www.nature.com/articles/nn.3850

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