Why Is Dark Chocolate Healthy?

This post originally appeared on EcoWatch

You’ve probably heard that dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, even a superfood, but just how healthy is the chocolate you’ve been eating—and why?

There is a clear distinction between commercial chocolate and organic dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate, considered the food of the gods during Aztec times, is high in fiber and minerals like iron and magnesium.

Dr. Michael Greger explains the connection in his NutritionFacts.org video between dark chocolate and artery function—and what studies not funded by the chocolate industry show about the effect of cocoa on arterial health.

He also explains why you should eat dark and not milk chocolate, why eliminating sugar from cocoa products seems to amplify cocoa’s beneficial effects, and the health impacts of chocolate v. cocoa.

See the science behind why a chunk of dark chocolate is heart healthy.

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136 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven5 days ago

thanks for the article.

Karen C.
Karen C.5 months ago

I love 80% dark chocolate!

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

Yum, I love chocolate.

Elizabeth F.
Elizabeth F.2 years ago

noted

Aud nordby
Aud nordby2 years ago

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Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert2 years ago

Forwarded this marvelous article

Christine Stewart

Please try to buy shade grown fair trade as well!

Jane Hathaway
Jane Hathaway2 years ago

Thank you for this informative article.

aj E.
aj E.2 years ago

mmmmm...

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G.2 years ago

thank you