Does Chocolate Build Muscle?
Scientists say, "sort of"
By Tim Karan, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2011 1:40 PM CDT
Researchers have discovered a connection between an ingredient in chocolate and muscle activity.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Can you finally replace your energy bar with a candy bar? Scientists have discovered a connection between chocolate and building muscle, reports the New York Times. Researchers at the University of California in San Diego have found that giving mice a purified form of epicatechin—the main nutritional ingredient of cacao—increased mitochondria in leg muscles.

The good news: Mice fed the ingredient—found mostly in dark chocolate—developed increased muscle response even without exercise. The bad news: The effect might not be the same in humans, processed chocolate that isn't in liquid form doesn't contain epicatechin, and you would need to take in only a miniscule amount—about half of one square of a normal candy bar—to see results. “More is not better,” says one study author. “More could lessen or even undo [health benefits]."

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Aug 3, 2011 6:34 PM CDT
Since I've been buying Toblerone chocolates by the six-pack from Costco, my pecs have never looked bigger, (I'm sure it has nothing to do with my OCD diet and exercise...)
Aug 3, 2011 2:15 PM CDT
A lot of fat people who eat chocolate must be hiding those muscles underneath that fat.
Aug 3, 2011 1:52 PM CDT
These scientists are dumb. Chocolate in all forms is inanimate.