Surprising health benefits of dark chocolate

Health advantages of eating dark chocolate

Here is another reason to enjoy a slab of chocolate! 

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Millions of people around the world love chocolate. 

Apart from the sweetness and the feeling that comes from eating chocolate, did you know that it has heath benefits? 

Chocolate, eaten in moderation, can improve your health. Yes, you read right, chocolate can boost your health. 

On this International Chocolate Day, we bring you more reasons to enjoy a slab of dark chocolate! 

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According to Healthline, a 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70–85% cocoa contains:

11 grams of fiber

66% of the DV for iron

57% of the DV for magnesium

196% of the DV for copper

85% of the DV for manganese

In addition, it has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.

According to WebMD, 'chocolate is especially rich in flavanols like epicatechin and catechin, as well as anthocyanins and phenolic acids. All of these compounds help protect your cells from inflammation, improve your brain function, and boost your immune and cardiovascular health'.

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Below, Dr Kunal Sood shares more benefits of eating dark chocolate:

@doctorsood This is a “sweet” video 🍫 Do you enjoy chocolate? Dark chocolate has been shown to be the healthiest type. Make sure there is not too much sugar added to your chocolate which can negate some of the health benefits 🫡 #chocolate #chocolatelover #health #doctor #medical ♬ Stuck In The Middle - Tai Verdes

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