It looks like fans of dark chocolate win again! Researchers at European Dermatology London, a private Harley Street skin clinic, have published their latest findings in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
It would appear that eating a couple of squares of dark chocolate a day could prevent wrinkles caused by the sun’s rays, and if that’s not enough for you then how about this… It can also help to lower the risk of skin cancer!
Their research into the health benefits of eating dark chocolate as opposed to eating white chocolate has once again scored a bullseye, and it’s all down to the cocoa beans used in the creation of dark chocolate are naturally high in flavanol, a potent antioxidant.
Here in the UK, chocolate is heavily processed and therefore reduces the flavanol content. Not good, considering flavanol is an important antioxidant, and what do antioxidants do best? Well, they gobble up free radicals of course! Free radicals are destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease, stroke, and other ailments. So, not only is dark chocolate good for wrinkles and skin cancer, but it also helps to reduce high blood pressure, which in turn reduces the workload of the heart.
If you want to take advantage of this antioxidant then you need to eat dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa, and if you read my last report on dark chocolate, you will know that there is a need to balance the extra calories by eating less of other things.
A British Heart Foundation (TBHF) nutritionist was quoted as saying:
it was important to remember that chocolate is also high in fat and calories so over-indulgence is not good for your heart. Fruits and vegetables provide a range of polyphenols, as well as important vitamins and minerals. Eating five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day is, therefore, the best way to protect your heart – and you don’t need to worry about over-indulging. – Sara Stanner, TBHF
Her quote was in response to clinical research carried out by researchers at the University Hospital of Cologne who now say, they have shown that significant benefits can be achieved by eating a small amount of chocolate, even as small as 30 calories worth.