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Chocolate, the ultimate boost

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Scientists may have found the ultimate sports enhancing drug – dark chocolate.

Cyclists who snacked on the sweet treat were able to go faster and further.

It is thought that epicatechin, a plant chemical particularly abundant in dark chocolate, gives the body a boost by widening the blood vessels.

 

HOW IT WORKS 

It that thought that epicatechin, a plant chemical particularly abundant in dark chocolate, gives the body a boost by widening the blood vessels.

In the tests, cyclists who snacked on the sweet treat were able to go faster and further.

This speeds oxygen supply to the muscles, allowing them to make the most of the precious fuel.

WHO BENEFITS

And it is not just amateur athletes who could benefit, with better use of oxygen making it easier for the old and frail to

complete everyday tasks, including summoning up the energy

needed to walk to the shops. The researchers, from London’s Kingston University, said that while other substances, including beetroot juice, have been found to have a similar effect, none is as tasty as chocolate.


BE ACTIVE LONGER, EAT CHOCOLATE EVERY DAY

For the study, nine cyclists were had their oxygen intake monitored as they pedalled at a steady pace for 20 minutes.

They were also asked to cycle flat out for two minutes and the distance they covered was measured.

The men, who were in their early 20s, were then tested again – once after eating a small bar of dark chocolate a day for a fortnight and once after eating white chocolate.

After the dark chocolate, they used less oxygen when exercising, which should allow people to be active for longer.

The researchers, from London's Kingston University, said that while other substances, including beetroot juice, have been found to have a similar effect, none is as tasty as chocolate.

 

SAVING ENERGY AND PERFORM BETTER

They also went faster, meaning they clocked up a further 800 or so feet during the two-minute time trial, than when chocolate-free.

And they pedalled more than 600ft more than when fuelled by white chocolate.

Researcher Rishikesh Patel said: ‘We effectively found people could exercise for longer after eating dark chocolate.’

Colleague James Brouner, a sports analysis lecturer and long-distance runner, said the extra boost could be of particular benefit to endurance athletes.

He said: ‘When performing endurance-based activity, being as economical as possible in energy provision is key to enhancing your performance.’

He added that while beetroot juice has been shown to have similar benefits, chocolate has one obvious advantage – it tastes better.

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