11. Dark chocolate to curb exercise-induced stress
Numerous studies support the myriad benefits of dark chocolate and new research published in the European Journal of Nutrition adds exercise protection to the list. In the study, healthy men were asked to eat 3.5 ounces of 70% dark chocolate two hours before a two-and-a-half-hour bout of cycling. Compared to a control group, the chocolate eaters experienced higher blood antioxidant levels and reduced markers of exercise-induced cell stress. Enjoy a few individually wrapped squares of dark chocolate daily, melt and drizzle it over fresh fruit, or mix it into oatmeal, smoothies, or parfaits. Why you must eat dark chocolate. Ignore those who say chocolate is junk. … Many studies have shown that dark chocolate can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease among other benefits like stabilising blood sugar, controlling appetite, helping to reduce cravings and thereby facilitating weight loss.