Science Says Eating Dark Chocolate Can Help You Train Harder
Think you kinda, maybe, sorta overindulged this long weekend?(Easter eggs, we're looking at you.) If you did let your sweet tooth take over, don't fret—we're about to make you feel a whole lot better.
According to Life&Style, new research suggests that dark chocolate can actually boost your performance in the gym. The study, published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, followed nine moderately fit men who ate either 40 grams of dark or white chocolate (the equivalent of a Cadbury Creme Egg) every day for a fortnight. After the two weeks, the men did a cycling test while scientists measured their fitness levels and oxygen uptake. The participants then spent the next two weeks consuming the other type of chocolate—the dark chocolate eaters ate white chocolate instead, and vice versa. Then, more tests. The results? After a fortnight of eating dark chocolate daily, the men performed better at a moderate pace and used less oxygen.
The theory goes that since dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids (molecules believed to improve blow flow and cardiac function), the daily snack "may be responsible for eliciting the observed effects". Our take? While we won't be adding a Snickers to our post-workout recovery meal, any excuse to add a little chocolate to our diets (and prolong the Easter festivities) is more than welcome.
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