Chocolate and Human Health

Dark Chocolate has benefits. A 2013 paper12 in the Netherlands Journal of Medicine also reviews the many health benefits of cacao, noting that many consider it a “complete food,” as it contains:

  • Healthy fats
  • Antioxidants
  • Nitrogenous compounds, including proteins, methylxanthines theobromine, and caffeine (central nervous system stimulants, diuretics, and smooth muscle relaxants. Theobromine is the ingredient that can cause heartburn in some individuals; on the other hand, it also inhibits a persistent cough by reducing vagus nerve activity13)
  • Minerals, including potassium, phosphorus, copper, iron, zinc, and magnesium
  • Valeric acid (which acts as a stress reducer despite the presence of stimulants)

 

Dark Chocolate Highlights

The following table highlights the wide range of positive health benefits science suggests are conferred by the cocoa bean.14,15,16

Dark Chocolate Benefit Chart

Dark Chocolate Benefit Chart – Courtesy www. mercola.com

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  • Ximena Alfaro

    That’s fantastic! I know so many people that love dark chocolate that would get a kick out of having no guilt! #darkchocolate #noguilt #craving

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