If You Eat Dark Chocolate, You Can Stop Exercising


dark chocolateHonestly, where was this news around Easter? A new study has revealed that eating dark chocolate increases athletic performance just as much as exercise does. But wait, it gets better. When a small amount of dark chocolate was eaten with a combination of a regular diet and exercise, performance was increased by 50 percent. Get your broker on the horn and start investing in dark chocolate makers right now because this is possibly the biggest, most exciting news since the Internet was conceived.

I seriously do not know why you're hesitating. Dark chocolate is the answer to all our prayers! Don't you get it?!

Oh you, and your need for all the facts. Fine. So the study was conducted using mice (but American mice! And middle-aged mice!), and after feeding the cute little guys a bit of dark chocolate, they found that the mitochondria in their cells increased. If you're anything like me and totally forget everything you learned in high school biology class, the mitochondria, turns out, are what powers the cells, what gets 'em going.

So the more mitochondria you've got, the more energy you have. The dark chocolate also increased the number of capillaries in cells, which in turn can send more oxygen to your muscles doing all the work pounding away on the treadmill.

Dark chocolate, or, as I'm dubbing it, God's Personal Gift to Me, contains a plant chemical called epicatechin, which is believed to stimulate muscle growth. Scientists are hoping this study leads to using dark chocolate as a way to combat older people's muscle deterioration.

But that's no fun. Let's just go with eating dark chocolate is the same as exercising. So forget about those damn dumbbells. Fold that ancient NordicTrack back under your bed where it belongs, and break out a bar of rich, dark chocolate. Take a walk around the block afterward, and boom, you're a regular old Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Something like that.

Dark chocolate is known to have a lot of other health benefits, too. Do you eat it?


Photo via Boz Bros/Flickr

exercise, health products


To add a comment, please log in with

Use Your CafeMom Profile

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Comment As a Guest

Guest comments are moderated and will not appear immediately.

miche... micheledo

Now I need some chocolate!


nonmember avatar Dean

Of course, you are kidding when you use a headline that says if you eat dark chocolate you can stop exercising (right? you are joking?). It's great to learn that dark chocolate can provide some of the benefits provided by exercise, but of course, it's not a substitute. Here's the real conclusion from this study, and the many previous studies which have shown health benefits from dark chocolate: moderate (read "small") amounts of "dark" chocolate, can be part of a healthy lifestyle, which must also include a well balanced diet and regular exercise.

Diana McCalla

Epicatechins are very fragile and are easily destroyed in typical commercial processing.  You need to find a dark chocolate that cold-presses the cacao beans, certifies the amount of flavonoids (epicatechins), and contains no processed sugars (organic cane sugar included!).  Recent studies show you need 600-900 flavonoids to get the results found in most trials.  In order to get enough epicatechins in commercial chocolate, you would load up on so much sugar and fat you would negate any benefits.

How important are epicatechins to overall health? "The health benefits of epicatechin, a compound found in cocoa, are so striking that it may rival penicillin and anaesthesia in terms of importance to public health"; reports Marina Murphy in Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of Science Daily.  Also, Dr. Norm Hollenberg is quoted as reporting: "We all agree that penicillin and anaesthesia are enormously important.  But epicatechin could potentially get rid of 4 of the 5 most common diseases in the western world, how important does that make epicatechin?...I would say very important".  The 4 diseases he is referring to are stroke, heart failure, cancer and TYPE 2 diabetes.

There is a product that does certify the amount of flavonoids on their package (by an independent testing lab). It is also vegan and diabetic friendly and that product can be found at cocoa101.com.

Madel... Madelaine


Marjc... Marjchaos

LOL. I love you!

momka... momkaribg

I dont like dark chocolate.

KamiB79 KamiB79

I hate dark chocolate

KamiB79 KamiB79

I hate dark chocolate

tazdvl tazdvl

I eat dark chocolate, not a lot though.

Jeric... Jerichos_Mommy

I have always LOVED dark chocolate now I have a good excuse to ennjoy it.

1-10 of 43 comments 12345 Last