Wednesday, August 10

Nothing get's chocolate out, see.

Interesting article about the possible exercise benefits of eating dark chocolate. It's not clear if the chocolate helps with only muscle fatigue, or could also help with muscle strength. In the actual article (which is linked to by this site) it suggests that the chemical in chocolate induces the growth of more mitochondrias in the mice's muscles which helps provide energy to the muscle which helps prevent exhaustion. Nice for distance running, like the rats were doing, but maybe not as helpful for people trying to build muscle mass. Anyway the suggestion is to eat 5 grams, 1/6th of an ounce, of dark chocolate a day (which is not very much) if you eat more than it might undue and helpful effects. Milk chocolate is not helpful.


Blogger Aras said...

Five grams is practically non existent--you might as well take it in pill form for all the tastiness it will give you. It's literally one bite. (I've weighed chocolates in the past to keep count of my calories, one piece of chocolate is at least 15 grams)

Good to know, though--if you can keep it under control you'll be exercising your will power as well as your muscles.

1:03 AM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

Well we have dark chocolate chips for chocolate chip cookies, or whatever. According to the information 5 each chip is about 1 gram, so i'm trying to eat 5 chips a day. And yes if you were to put them together it would be less than 1 bite from a candy bar, but it's easy to count out the 5 chips and then stop, as opposed to trying to a tiny bite from a candy bar. I don't know if it's really dark chocolate, it's called double chocolate and it seems darker than milk chocolate. On the plus side eating only 5 chips won't have a large negative effect on my diet either way.

9:25 PM  

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