Did you know 😲 Scientific studies have shown that chocolate, in particular the dark one, is rich in antioxidants and packed with nutrients, making this bittersweet treat a superfood favourite! 😍 Fitness Performance - Findings published in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition suggest that a little dark chocolate might boost oxygen availability during fitness training. Researchers found that after eating dark chocolate, cyclists used less oxygen when cyc ling at a moderate pace and also covered more distance in a two-minute flat-out time trial. 😍 Health Enhancement - Dark chocolate contains phytonutrients called flavonoids, which are plant chemicals that act as antioxidants and may play a role in cancer prevention, heart health, and weight loss, noted an article published in Dec 2016 in the Journal of Nutritional Science. 😍 Inflammation Reducer - Cacao plant that chocolate is derived from also contains a compound called theobromine, which Toby Amidor, a cookbook author and nutrition expert for the Food Network, says can help reduce inflammation. Since running can cause acute inflammation in the muscles and joints, eating chocolate before or after a workout may help reduce the inflammation and the slight pain associated with it. HOW TO GO ABOUT TAKING IT? 🧐 The darker the chocolate, the higher the concentration of cocoa, and so, in theory, you get higher level of antioxidants and less sugar content. Your best bet is choosing a bar with 70% cacao or higher, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 🧐 Although dark chocolate is a better choice than milk chocolate, it is still chocolate, meaning it’s high in calories and saturated fat. To avoid weight gain, like with most indulgences: 👉 💥 it is good in moderation - take about 1 ounce or 150 calories per day 💥 👈 🧐 Lastly, nutrients vary widely in commercially available chocolate bars, depending on the brand and type you choose. It is best to check the label if you want to be sure of the nutrients. Now we feel even happier having that lil bites of joy 😄 Happy World Chocolate Day to you too! 🙌 #actiFITAsia #worldchocolateday #chocolovers #chocoforfitness
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