Chocolate Sunscreen?

Sounds kinda gross. And wow, would the sand ever stick to you at the beach! Not really:-) This article says the preliminary results of a German study show that eating chocolate rich in cocoa solids and flavonoids (in other words, dark chocolate) can fight skin cancer. Subjects were given cocoa to drink. Half the group got cocoa high in flavonoids, the other half got cocoa that tasted the same, but was much lower in the flavonoids.

All subjects were then exposed to UV light. The subjects that received the cocoa high in flavonoids did not redden as much as the other group and their skin was smoother and moister.

Here’s a link to the article:

Food for Thought: Chocolate as Sunscreen, Science News Online, June 10, 2006

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