Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Children and Chocolate
Anyone who visits this blog on a regular basis knows it's only a matter of time before another post about chocolate pops up. A self-confessed chocoholic, it's little wonder that the following study caught my attention.
A study by Macquarie University has examined the effects of chocolate on the behaviour of preschool children in response to the popularly held belief that consumption of chocolate can lead normally, well-behaved children to become restless, inattentive, disobedient and aggressive.
Pre-schoolers were fed either chocolate or dried fruit and then observed while they listened to a story. Blind raters scored the children's behaviours according to six objective measures (wriggling, talking, looking away from the storyteller, standing up, fidgeting, aggressive behaviour) and two subjective measures based on the general level of movement and concentration.
The good news is that there no difference in behaviours were found between the group that ate chocolate and the group eating the dried fruit. The bad news? I guess I have no reason not to hand over that Freddo Frog.
Can I sign up for the adult study maybe?
Ingram, M., & Rapee, R. M. (2006). The effect of chocolate on the behaviour of preschool children. Behaviour Change, 23, 73-81.