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There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the role of chocolate in the health of your skin. And as a self-admitted chocoholic (I know I’m not alone...), let’s look at the research to see if is as bad for our skin as some claim.

Research on Chocolate  

You might be interested to know that researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia recently reviewed studies on chocolate's effects on the skin. In a report published in the Journal of Family Practice in 2005, the researchers concluded that there is no evidence that it triggers blemishes. And while we now know that there is a connection between your diet and your complexion, it turns out that it isn't cocoa that's the problem. The real culprit is the sugar found in chocolate. And, other high-glycemic (those that break down into sugar quickly) foods are to blame as well.

Dermatologists have been advising acne patients to avoid sugar since the 1950s, but evidence for their warnings was only anecdotal and in recent years the medical community has largely dismissed the idea that any particular food causes skin blemishes. However, we're starting to see a link between breakouts and diets heavy in high-glycemic foods such as highly refined carbohydrates including white bread, pasta and potatoes, as well as sweets like doughnuts and jelly beans. "It does appear from these initial studies that there may be a role for reducing refined carbohydrates in both treating and avoiding acne," says Neil Sadick, professor of dermatology at Cornell University.

The Good News  

You'll be happy to know that dark chocolate - due to its low sugar content - is actually a low-glycemic food. Plus it contains antioxidants, which can fight free radicals and deliver other health benefits. Even milk chocolate isn't all that bad, as long as you don't eat the whole box. This is where showing restraint comes in handy.

So what to do? Choose dark over milk and as with all things in life - enjoy in moderation.  

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Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed].

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