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Why Is Dark Chocolate Healthy?

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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3:27AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

Yum, I love chocolate.

3:24PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

noted

3:22PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

ty

12:09PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

Forwarded this marvelous article

8:26PM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Please try to buy shade grown fair trade as well!

4:27PM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Thank you for this informative article.

11:22AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Important information.

11:19AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

mmmmm...

6:06AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

thank you

11:34AM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

good

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