- Flavonoid in chocolate provides protection against age-related macular degeneration, which causes distortion or loss of central vision
- Antioxidants in chocolates lower oxidative stress which can protect your eyes from glaucoma
- It is still too early to prescribe chocolate for individuals with failing eyesight
If you enjoy eating dark chocolate, here’s some good news for you! This delicious treat is beneficial to your eye health.
Dark chocolate is one of the most antioxidant-rich food products available and scientific studies have shown that antioxidants can protect your eyes from a range of health problems.
The antioxidant flavonoid in this cocoa treat, for example, provides protection against age-related macular degeneration, which causes distortion or loss of central vision.
It can also lower oxidative stress which can protect your eyes from glaucoma, an eye condition caused by damaged optic nerves.
In one small study, researchers found that people who eat dark chocolate experienced enhanced visual performance.
Researchers asked a group of 30 people to eat either milk chocolate or dark chocolate. After two hours, they found that those who snacked on dark chocolate experienced enhancement in visual acuity and large-letter contrast on a vision test.
The theory as to why chocolates help improve visual acuity is that cocoa can boost
bloo d flow to the retina, the visual pathways or the brain’s cerebral cortex.
Experts nonetheless say that further research is still needed to verify the visual benefits of chocolate. It is still too early to prescribe chocolate for individuals with failing eyesight.
Experts also warn to eat chocolates in moderation. While chocolates offer protection against eye problems and other health conditions, overindulgence may have a negative impact on your health.
Avoid chocolates with high amounts of sugar and go for those that contain higher percentage of chocolate. Remember that the benefits of chocolate come from cocoa, and not from the added sugar and other ingredients. Read the labels so you get an idea how much sugar is in the chocolate bar that you want to indulge on.