Cheating Stress With Chocolate

Can you imagine being encouraged to snack on candy for health reasons? A study published in the Journal of Proteome Research does exactly that, and doesn't hold back on the suggested dosage either. Researchers had 30 healthy adults eat 20 grams of dark chocolate mid-morning followed by another 20 grams of this decadently rich treat mid-afternoon. After just 2 weeks, this dark chocolate diet helped normalize stress-related metabolic markers while reducing urinary excretion of the stress hormone cortisol.

The Bigger Picture: 40 grams of chocolate a day sounds like a lot, but a standard-sized energy bar, like ON's Lift Bars, weighs in at 65 grams. Need another reason to try this potentially stress-busting snack? Cortisol is a catabolic hormone, so reducing its impact on your muscle-building efforts can promote sizable gains in the gym.
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