Chocolate can 'make' your skin glow?

Chocolate can 'make' your skin glow?

Eating 20 g (0.755 oz) of specially developed chocolate packed with antioxidants, or flavanols, each day may help prevent wrinkles and make skin more radiant by boosting elasticity and improving hydration, studies carried out by Barry Callebaut showed.
Dark chocolate has already been linked with certain health benefits, such as helping to lower blood pressure and reducing the risk of strokes thanks to its high content of antioxidants.

The Swiss group has developed a way of preserving the flavanols found in cocoa beans during the chocolate-making process, allowing them to produce a bar that is richer in flavanols, Barry Callebaut Chief Innovation Officer Hans Vriens said in an interview.
“Chocolate and health do not seem to fit together but it is a very interesting proposition: if I can eat something I like and it is good for me, that is great,” Vriens said. “Chocolate is probably at the bottom of the list when you think about making food healthier.”
Smoking, pollution, caffeine and a lack of sleep contribute to the creation of free radicals that can damage healthy cells in the body and accelerate the ageing process.
“There is a huge body of evidence that shows flavanols slow down damage caused by free radicals,” said Kepler Capital Markets analyst Jon Cox.

The functional chocolate market, which includes organic and diet chocolate, is seeing double-digit growth, easily outpacing the 1-2 per cent growth currently seen in the rest of the chocolate market, Cox said. But some experts are doubtful about the positive effects flavanols have on skin.

*20 g of chocolate a day may make skin more radiant

*Antioxidants in chocolate may slow ageing process 

* Barry Callebaut developed antioxidant-rich chocolate 

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