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Most gym-goers will drink protein shakes after their workouts to help aid recovery time and build muscle.
But for those craving something sweet, studies have revealed that chocolate could help boost your workouts.
A study found that eating chocolate can reduce your waistline, lower your cholesterol and even help you sleep. This is because chocolate is a rich source of bioactive compounds – a plant associated with several positive health impacts.
Avacodo – includes monosaturated fatty acids that are more likely to be used as slow burning energy than stored as body fat
Here are five reasons why chocolate can help your workouts:
1. Chocolate has been linked to heart health
Cocoa beans are rich in plant nutrients called flavonoids. Dark chocolate in particular is a great source of flavonoids, which has antioxidant properties that may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Experts say consuming moderate amounts of chocolate has also been associated with a lower risk of atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat condition that can increase your risk for a stroke.
2. It can boost your post-workout recovery
Research has found that drinking chocolate milk after you exercise may help repair your muscles.
The study from the University of Texas found that athletes who drank low-fat chocolate milk post-workout instead of a carb-based sports drink had more power and rode faster.
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3. Chocolate has been linked to heightened brain power
A 2014 study found that adults who took a high flavanol cocoa supplement for three months performed better on memory tests than participants who consumed a low flavanol cocoa supplement.
4. It could clear your skin
Eating chocolate can actually improve your skin, with some research suggesting it can help protect you from harmful UV rays.
But other researchers found that eating more chocolate may increase your risk of acne, so in other words, it’s all about balance.
Beans and lentils – Beans and lentils contain numerous phytochemical that have been shown in the laboratory to slow or prevent damage to the DNA, the basis of cancer. The added benefit comes with the fiber, associated with lower risk of digestive cancers
5. Chocolate has been found to help reduce cravings
If you want to reduce those sweet tooth cravings, eating dark chocolate may help to keep munchies at bay, according to one small study by University of Copenhagen researchers.