Misplacing your smart phone or car keys is one thing, but the thought of total memory loss is something that many baby boomers would sooner forget. Now, you may be able to simultaneously boost brainpower and curb your sweet tooth. According to research in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, the flavanols found in cocoa trigger pathways that may stave off Alzheimer’s disease and even protect against a multitude of conditions often associated with aging, including dementia.

And previous research has demonstrated their positive effect on heart health. In our books, that makes chocolate a bonafide health food! Clean Eating recommends looking for chocolate bars that contain 70% or more cocoa, because the note worthy flavanols are only found in the dark variety. Be sure to keep your daily serving to a square or two.