Dark Chocolate: The Wonder Drug?
Studies show that dark chocolate really does do some great things for your health. Because it’s an antioxidant—meaning it helps fight bad molecules—dark chocolate helps prevent heart disease, lifts your mood, and can even protect your skin against harmful UV rays. Just remember: It’s still candy, so try not go go over an ounce a day.
Chewing Gum: Soothes Stress!
A recent Australian study suggests that gum can increase your alertness and reduce stress. Participants who chewed gum while multitasking “under stressful conditions” also reported decreased anxiety.
Sugar: Improves Willpower
Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., writing for Psychology Today, says popping in some hard candy could help get your motor running: “Studies show that when your blood sugar drops, your brain is less able to focus and control your impulses. But a small snack that increases blood sugar helps the brain snap back into self-control mode.” Ideally you’d reach for a snack with protein and fiber, but in a pinch, candy could produce a similar effect.