Think chocolate is bad for your skin? Think again

Chocolate used to be a skin problem scapegoat. But German scientists have discovered that the antioxidants in chocolate may protect skin from sun damage and even improve its appearance.The researchers found that when people drank a cocoa beverage high in compounds called flavonols every day for 12 weeks, their skin exhibited 25 percent less damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Antioxidants may absorb UV light and prevent inflammation, says study author Dr Wilhelm Stahl. They may also boost blood flow throughout the skin, improving texture. Although participants drank the flavonol equivalent of 2o Rolos daily, smaller doses over a lifetime may yield similar results, says Stahl.