[By Priscilla Chan]
Eat your way to gorgeous skin? I’m liking the sound of this! More on the news that an ingredient in chocolate may have skin-boosting qualities…
According to reports, British scientists are investigating compounds in chocolate and say they’ve made a breakthrough. The flavanols in chocolate, they say, may have anti-aging, skin oxygenation properties. The scientists are working on supplements based on these compounds in chocolate that may increase the body’s absorption of cocoa’s flavanols.
Cashing in on this new chocolate anti-ageing craze, the world’s largest chocolate maker says it may have come up with a chocolate bar that could fight wrinkles and slow the aging process, making it the latest food group to tap the appetite for healthier living.
Eating 20 g (0.755 oz) of specially developed chocolate packed with antioxidants, or flavanols, each day may help prevent wrinkles and make skin more radiant by boosting elasticity and improving hydration, studies carried out by Barry Callebaut showed.
Dark chocolate has already been linked with certain health benefits, such as helping to lower blood pressure and reducing the risk of strokes thanks to its high content of antioxidants.
The Swiss group has developed a way of preserving the flavanols found in cocoa beans during the chocolate-making process, allowing them to produce a bar that is richer in flavanols. And what’s the link to healthier skin?
Consider this: Smoking, pollution, caffeine and a lack of sleep contribute to the creation of free radicals that can damage healthy cells in the body and accelerate the aging process. Scientists believe that flavanols (found in dark chocolates) slow down damage caused by free radicals. This results in helping your skin slow down the effects of ageing by being more resilient to free radical damage.
So it isn’t wishful thinking to link the occasional square of chocolate with more youthful skin. Go chocolate! Are you a daily chocolate eater? (I’m more of a once or twice weekly gal.)