Sunscreen’s replacement – chocolate

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Wouldn’t the world make so much more sense if there were more chocolate in it? It seems researchers have found another way for us to work chocolate into our daily lives, without feeling guilty.

It turns out chocolate doesn’t just provide comfort on a rough day – a new study reports that it also helps protect against UV rays. Better yet, this isn’t a matter of slathering chocolate fondue all over your body.
The Journal of Nutrition reports that the superfood contains antioxidants epicatechin and catechin that shield skin from the sun – only when you eat it. Women who consumed 326 milligrams of high-flavanol cocoa per day for 12 weeks had decreased sensitivity to UV light versus the participants who ingested just 27 milligrams per day.

Another bonus for chocolate lovers? The study also showed that the women who ate more chocolate had smoother, more hydrated skin. (A note of caution: The study doesn’t claim that chocolate will provide adequate UV protection all on its own, so for now we’ll be slathering on our broad-spectrum SPF while we stuff our face with the sweet stuff.)

Originally written by Renee Trilivas, this article appeared in Allure.

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Hima

    Sunscreen that I can buy over and over again!!!! Best advice ever…

    6 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Yummy, yummy…….bring on the chocolate!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    Now THIS is a sunscreen I can get used to! :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    If only it didn’t go to the hips…………..i would rather opt for the topical application thank you very much.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    This is the way! I am loving this article.

    6 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    Whoohoo – this sounds like a plan!

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Another bonus! Thank heaven for chocolate

    6 years ago •

  1. diamond

    So its sun protection with weight gain. Hmmm?

    6 years ago •

  1. GREEN

    LOL! IS THIS 4 REAL? I’M BLOWN AWAY! MMMMMMM!

    6 years ago •

  1. Le Noir Pearl

    Lol there I was thinking I was protected by my daily indulgence of Swiss chocolate

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    I don’t mind the Chocolate Sunscreen and Hydrated Skin… Another Slab Please :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    Wow! Who new? Bring on the dark choc! Gotta love it!

    6 years ago •

  1. joubert

    Oh gosh what about the kilo’s this will give me a good enough reason to go buy the whole shop, it’s for my skin after all phew what a sinner i am when it comes to chocolates.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Also once read that dark choc is good for your heart. A few blocks a day can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running smoothly, firstly by lowering blood pressure, and secondly by lowering cholesterol (dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol – the bad kind – by up to 10 percent).
    From the very same website, so glad I found you guys!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Praise God I’m saved, no more guilty feeling. I love chocolate and have to hide it in my tissue box, pockets socks drawers, avoiding being confronted about blah blah blah blahs

    6 years ago •

  1. Anita

    A new reason to eat chocolate, in moderation of course!

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    this is interesting. just wondering would a choco face mask do the same

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    So interesting! Wow. I’m sure all those chocoholics will love that ;)

    6 years ago •

  1. Crystal

    love this article:) one of my fav things to consume CHOCOLATE!

    6 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Let us spread the GOOD NEWS ladies!!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Charles

    Oh yes! More reasons to have another bite :)

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    now you have given me more reasons not to give up my chocolate. I’m a choc addict.

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    On a weighing scale what do you opt for? Better physique vs better sunscreen protection. I think i’ll go with topical sunscreen thank you!

    6 years ago •

  1. Sam

    What a wonderful way to be sun savvy! I’m loving this.

    6 years ago •

  1. Clarad

    Now I don’t feel bad indulging in Ferrero & Nutella! ;)

    6 years ago •

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