Everybody wants to know how to look younger, keep their skin looking fresh, and reduce wrinkles, right? Can dark chocolate alone can do all of these things? Maybe not all by itself, but when eating organic dark chocolate as a part of a whole-food, plant-based diet, there can be big benefits for the skin. 

The flavanols in some dark chocolates can lend to skin health. Not only do flavanols help to improve the overall health of your skin, but it can also help reduce the damage done by UV rays also known as sunlight.  Along with daily application of sunscreen and drinking PLENTY of water to keep skin well-hydrated, chocolate can be a part of a healthy skin regimen.

A study in the Journal of Nutrition examined UV exposure, cutaneous blood flow, hemoglobin concentration and oxygen saturation, and skin structure, texture, and hydration. The participants consumed flavanol rich beverages and the researchers concluded that dietary intakes could affect skin integrity and even aid in protection.

The takeaway here…moderation is always key. Don’t put away your sunscreen and moisturizers, but why not add in a little dark chocolate into your diet?

Reference

Heinrich , U., Neukam, K., Tronnier, H., Sies, H., & Stahl, W. (2006). Long-Term Ingestion of High Flavanol Cocoa Provides Photoprotection against UV-Induced Erythema and Improves Skin Condition in Women. Journal of Nutrition,136(6), 1565-1569. Retrieved February 27, 2017.

 

Carli Barbo, is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in dietetics. She is currently a dietetic intern and graduate student at Georgia State University with hopes to eventually become a registered dietitian. In her free time she likes to try out new recipes, play with her puppy, Sampson, and scoping out Atlanta for new restaurants to try!

 

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