Emerging research suggests that indulging in a few bites of dark chocolate may lead to a slight and temporary improvement in vision quality.
Dark chocolate’s heart-healthy compounds, known as flavanols, positively affect eyesight, particularly for 30 healthy young adults. Prior studies have shown that the antioxidant flavanols in dark chocolate can enhance blood flow to the nervous system, support heart function, and even help preserve cognitive health as the brain ages.
To delve deeper into this possibility, researchers conducted an experiment involving 30 healthy adults with an average age of 26. Participants were given either a 1.5-ounce bar of Trader Joe’s 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate or a similarly sized bar of Trader Joe’s Crispy Rice Milk Chocolate. To ensure unbiased results, the chocolate bars’ labels were removed, concealing the type of chocolate being consumed.
Approximately two hours later, each participant underwent vision testing using standard letter-based eye charts. The findings showed that those who had consumed dark chocolate exhibited “small enhancements in visual acuity and large-letter contrast” compared to those who had eaten milk chocolate.
While the results are intriguing, it’s important to note that the improvements in vision were only temporary and may vary among individuals. As with any research, further studies are needed to validate and better understand the relationship between dark chocolate consumption and visual benefits.