A new study, published in the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition, reveals that there are benefits to eating dark chocolate on a regular basis.
Pro athletes are known to guzzle down beetroot juice because it has properties which breakdown to produce Bio-active Nitric Oxide (NO). NO allows the body to use less oxygen during a workout because it helps dilate the blood vassals in the body, increased glucose uptake and helps regulate muscle workout.
Now, beetroot juice isn’t very tasty or thirst quenching which is why we’re excited to find out that this bio-active Nitric Oxide can also be found in dark chocolate.
Scientists carried out an experiment where a number of cyclists were given 40g of chocolate every day for 2 weeks. Some of them were given white chocolate, and others were given dark chocolate. These 9 volunteers were all of an average age and moderately fit with a similar body-mass.