READING RIGHT NOW: Chocolate to fuel your workout?

by Camille on August 3, 2011

Photo: Chocolate Reviews

If you’re looking for another good reason to eat chocolate (and who isn’t?!), I just came across this New York Times article, which suggests chocolate might fuel workouts. The study that author Gretchen Roberts discusses is done on mice—but it got me thinking. Dark chocolate has a bit of caffeine, and research has shown that in reasonable doses, caffeine improves performance during running and other forms of aerobic exercise. It’s got a bit of carbs, too, which are crucial for keeping your body going on longer workouts. That makes for a tasty pre-cardio idea, and if you can keep your intake to a small square or two of dark chocolate, you’re only looking at 100 calories or so.

Have you tried snacking on chocolate before you work out?


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SARA August 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Love this, C. Wonder if the high antioxidant count also helps with recovery?

Victoria (District Chocoholic) August 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Before, during, and after. And I can do 10,000 meter swim workouts. 50+ mile bike rides. Must be something to it. You owe it to yourself to try.

Hallie Sawyer August 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Sounds like a winning combo. Eat chocolate, get energized, have a great workout without the guilt. Love it.

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