30 Mar '17, 9am

Why runners should eat chocolate (yep, you read that right)

After two weeks of 100g daily dark chocolate rations, study subjects at the University of L’Aquila, Italy, showed lower insulin resistance than white-chocolate chompers. Why do you care? Because insulin resistance hampers your body's ability to regulate blood sugar, potentially leading to weight gain and type 2 diabetes. 2/ It lowers your blood pressure Just 30kcal of dark chocolate per day (two squares of a little Green & Black’s 70% bar) can lower your blood-cuff stats, found a German study at University Hospital of Cologne, Germany. Adults were given a daily dose of dark or white choc for 18 weeks - the white stuff had no effect on blood pressure; those on the antioxidant-rich dark side came back with a three-point drop in systolic blood pressure. 3/ It boosts your staying power From reducing your cholesterol levels to easing inflammation, the antioxidants in chocolate ...

Full article: https://www.runnersworld.co.uk/nutrition/diet/why-runners...

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