By Anita Eboigbe
Nigerians on Saturday joined in the celebration of World Chocolate Day, with Tobi Bakre, BBNaija Season 3alumnus a.k.a TOBO G, thrilling his fans in Lagos,
Acting as a comical character, ‘Chocolate in Chief’ in Lagos on Saturday, Tobi interacted with fans at a chocolate glazed doughnut tasting event organised by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. an American doughnut company based in Lagos.
World Chocolate Day, an annual observance that holds globally on July 7.
It is usually celebrated with large consumption of chocolate and appreciation of the significance of the food substance.
Fans had the opportunity to share chocolate pastry gleefully with Tobi as well engage in games and discussions with background music lighting up the atmosphere.
Sharing live details of the event, they wrote @Krispykremeng, “The chocolate in Chief @tobibakre is live at Krispy Kreme Victoria Island.
“#WorldChocolateDay just got turned up to the power of Chocolate glazed doughnut,” they wrote.
Tobi, who is a fitness enthusiast and photographer, will be holding his photography exhibition later in 2018.
According to Healthline.com, dark chocolate has seven health benefits including Powerful Source of Antioxidants, Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure, Raises HDL and Protects LDL from Oxidation,may Reduce Heart Disease Risk,may Protect Your Skin From the Sun and could Improve Brain Function.
Chinese news agency, Xinhua had reported that a new research showed that consuming dark chocolate with a high concentration of cacao had positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity.
The research report was presented at the five-day Experimental Biology 2018 meeting in San Diego, the U.S. with the two studies revealing for the first time the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans over short or long periods of time.
“These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects,” said Lee Berk, a researcher in psychoneuroimmunology and food science from Loma Linda University and principal investigator on both
They focused on the impact of 70 per cent cacao chocolate consumption on human immune and dendritic cell gene expression, with focus on pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines.
Cacao is a major source of flavonoids.
This study assessed the electroencephalography (EEG) response to consuming 48g of dark chocolate (70 per cent cacao) after an acute period of time (30 minutes) and after a chronic period of time (120 minutes), on modulating brain frequencies 0-40Hz, specifically beneficial gamma frequency (25 to 40Hz).
Study findings showed that cacao consumption up-regulated multiple intracellular signaling pathways involved in T-cell activation, cellular immune response and genes involved in neural signaling and sensory perception, the latter potentially associated with the phenomena of brain hyperplasticity.
Berk said the studies, however, require further investigation, specifically to determine the significance of these effects for immune cells and the brain in larger study populations.
According to Berk, further research is in progress to elaborate on the mechanisms that may be involved in the cause-and-effect brain-behavior relationship with cacao at this high concentration.