Yes, it’s true. Chocolate is good for you! We’ve long known that studies show there are numerous health benefits to cocoa. If you aren’t sure exactly what they are, read on.

Remember, dark chocolate has a much higher cocoa content than milk chocolate, so it is preferred. Dark chocolate also contains much less sugar than milk chocolate, and white chocolate mostly contains no cocoa at all (it’s technically not chocolate- fun fact!), so keep that in mind.

According to Healthline, dark chocolate contains a high amount of soluble fiber and is loaded with minerals. Good quality dark chocolate is rich in iron, magnesium, copper and manganese.

It also contains high levels of antioxidants. These include flavanols, among others, which can protect your skin against sun damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration.

Studies have also shown a drastic reduction in heart disease risk among those who regularly eat dark chocolate, however those who suffer from heart diseases already should consult with their medical practitioner.

Medical News Today also lists these amazing benefits:

– Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help keep the brain healthy and reduce memory decline in older people. In a study, researchers found that drinking hot chocolate helped improve blood flow to parts of the brain where it was needed.

– Dark chocolate might boost oxygen availability during fitness training.

– Eating 30 g of chocolate every day during pregnancy might benefit fetal growth and development.

– In a study, people who ate one serving of chocolate were 22 percent less likely to experience a stroke than those who did not.

*Chocolate should be consumed in moderation and as part of an active lifestyle. 

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Article written by

Anita Froneman