There is this rumour at the moment that dark chocolate is good for your teeth. The rumour even goes so far as saying that dark chocolate is better for you teeth than fluoride. The purer the chocolate the better (as sugar would offset any benefits gained). It’s been posted on different websites, including dentist websites. I’ve not come across the original research article yet though, and of course, it could all be a clever marketing scheme by the dentists: customer eats more chocolate, customer needs more dental care. But still, it’s easy to be biased on this one.
Eating chocolate is like getting published in that high-impact journal.
Another interesting angle on chocolate has been put forward in the introduction to the excellent popular physics book ‘We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe‘. There, a graph showed a positive correlation between chocolate consumption per capita and the number of Nobel prizes per capita. Surmising: chocolate makes you clever. Either that, or winning a Nobel prize comes with a life-time supply of chocolate (it might). My sole tip to parents complaining of ‘baby brain’ would thus be: eat more chocolate!
And if that doesn’t make chocolate a parent’s best friend yet, then here are even more benefits to add to the already impressive pile. Chocolate makes you happier and healthier! A chocolate bar was even included as one of the essential components of a feel-good emergency kit in the hugely popular book ‘Hygge‘, written by none other than the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. So, next time you’re in the supermarket with the kids, pass by the chocolate section and pick up a few bars of dark chocolate. And let your children join in the benefits too!