More Good News for Chocolate… Or Not?
We’ve all heard about the benefits of consuming chocolate, but did you know that it also protects skin against UV light? Take a look at this 2009 study from the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology which claims just that. The catch? The chocolate needs to be rich in flavanols—the antioxidants responsible for most of the benefits associated with chocolate. No problem, right? We’ve all learned that dark chocolate is richer in this good stuff and have trained our taste buds accordingly, relishing even a super dark—and admit it, bitter—85% cocoa.
But rewind for a second: This study says that even dark chocolate loses a lot of its antioxidant power through manufacturing processes. In fact, to test this UV-fighting theory the researchers pitted a regular dark chocolate against a specially formulated one with higher flavanols and only the latter proved to be effective. So how does this translate for all the other benefits of dark chocolate? Has the coverage of these studies overlooked this key point? Most importantly, is there any way to guarantee that the dark chocolate we’re eating is as flavanol-rich as the stuff they use for the science? Stay tuned, folks—we’re going to get to the bottom of this one.