In the study, the researchers provided a group of cyclists with a small amount of chocolate every day and tested their physical fitness before and after chocolate was added to their diets. Half the cyclists received 40g of Dove brand dark chocolate and the other half received 40g of white chocolate (known to contain fewer nutrients) as a control. Later, the researchers switched the type of chocolate provided to the cyclists and tested their physical fitness again. And as the Times report puts it, the results were "beguiling," or in plan terms, insanely interesting.
As you might have guessed, the cyclists who ate dark chocolate performed better in the physical tests than the cyclists who ate white chocolate. The researchers found cyclists in the dark chocolate group were able to ride longer and harder and covered more distance in a short time-trial, which suggests the dark chocolate enhanced their "anaerobic, sprinting ability," according to the report. Ultimately, the researchers suggest that people who want to improve their athletic performance should consider replacing their current snack food with a few squares of dark chocolate every day. Um, don't mind if we do.