Does HF chocolate protect against UV?

One small study can only be suggestive and not confirmative, but I am sure many will want to do their own research on this topic.

from Clinical Cases and Images

Cocoa beans fresh from the tree are exceptionally rich in flavanols. Unfortunately, during conventional chocolate making, this high antioxidant capacity is greatly reduced due to manufacturing processes.

The researchers evaluated the photoprotective potential of chocolate consumption, comparing:

– conventional dark chocolate
– specially produced chocolate with preserved high flavanol (HF) levels.

A double-blind in vivo study in 30 healthy subjects was conducted, 15 subjects were randomly assigned to either a high flavanol (HF) or low flavanol (LF) chocolate group and consumed a 20 g portion of their allocated chocolate daily….

..The authors concluded that regular consumption of a chocolate rich in flavanols confers significant photoprotection and can thus be effective at protecting human skin from harmful UV effects. However, conventional chocolate has no such effect.

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