Is Chocolate Also a Sunscreen?

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Now THAT Is Something We Didn’t Think Of!

According to Modern Baking  (modern-baking.com/news), scientists in Quebec are studying whether eating dark chocolate helps protect against sunburn.   The researchers from Laval University’s Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods will monitor the effects of chocolate consumption on fair-skinned female volunteers between the ages of 25 and 65, each of whom will eat three squares of chocolate per day for 12 weeks. Participants will then be exposed to ultraviolet light in a lab, and their skin will be checked for sun damage. A control group will be given a placebo (what, no chocolate??).

Scientists were encouraged to pursue the research by a study published in 2010 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology that showed that chocolate high in the antioxidant flavanol reached the upper layers of the skin and counteracted the free radicals generated from exposure to UV radiation, effectively acting as a secondary form of sunscreen.

If this research hypothesis  is proven, you can add chocolate to your beach bags for more than just a tasty treat!

photo courtesy of healthmakers.info

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