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Researchers are currently conducting a study on human test subjects to determine if resveratrol, a compound found in peanuts, chocolate and red grapes, could be used to fight Alzheimer's disease. The study is being led by Dr. R. Scott Turner of Georgetown University Medical Center in order to determine the compound's affect on memory loss.
The Mayo Clinic reports that there have been other studies on resveratrol which found the compound reduces bad cholesterol levels and prevents blood clots in mice. The news provider notes more research must be done before a full-out claim can be made.
Of course, if you're interested in trying to incorporate more of this compound into your diet, you might want to try it with an ingredient that has already been shown to work - dark chocolate. WebMD reports dark chocolate has been found to lower high blood pressure, which is a problem many seniors face. This recipe from AllRecipes.com offers a new twist on the typical chocolate cookie, choosing to incorporate dark chocolate and chipotle peppers for a sweet with a kick.
Dark Chocolate Chipotle Cookies
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons cocoa powder, sifted
3/4 teaspoon finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon water
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons white sugar
Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
Place the chopped chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl; melt in the microwave oven at 40 percent power in 30-second intervals; stirring after each melting, until the chocolate is warm and smoothly melted, 1 to 3 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
In a separate large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter, brown sugar, 1 1/2 cup of white sugar, cocoa powder and chipotle pepper until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each egg into the mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla extract and water.
Mix the melted chocolate into the butter mixture. Gently stir in the flour mixture until incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips. Cover bowl, and refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Place 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl. Roll dough into small balls. Roll balls in sugar to coat. Place the cookies onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are set, 12 to 14 minutes. Allow to cool on the sheets for a minute or two before removing to racks to finish cooling.