Chocolate Can Give You Better Skin and a Thinner Figure

Chocolate Can Give You Better Skin

Can eating chocolate make you thinner? Here, learn about the health and skin benefits of this yummy treat.

Those of you who have read Feed Your Face know that drinking cocoa with a high concentration of flavonol antioxidants was shown in a study to protect the skin from sunburn and other types of sun damage. (I bet there was no shortage of volunteers for that study!) In fact, after 12 weeks, study participants who drank cocoa had smoother skin, with better circulation and hydration, than those who didn’t.

New research now shows that people who eat a moderate amount of chocolate are thinner than those who don’t. In a study of more than 1,000 men and women who ate a balanced diet and exercised a similar amount, those who ate chocolate five times a week had a BMI (body mass index) one point lower than the BMI of those who did not eat chocolate regularly. For a person who is five feet tall, one point is equivalent to five pounds; for someone five feet ten inches, a point equals seven pounds. The researchers believe that the antioxidants in chocolate help burn calories by improving the body’s response to insulin and by revving metabolism.

However, chocolate is usually also high in sugar and fat, so don’t let this finding be your excuse to pig out on Hershey’s Kisses. To get the greatest antioxidant benefits, choose dark chocolate (with 70 percent or greater cocoa content), which has less added sugar than milk chocolate, and limit yourself to 100 calories of the sweet stuff a day.

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