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The Amazing Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

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  • Cacao's health benefits are related to natural compounds in the bean, including epicatechin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and resveratrol, known for its neuroprotective effects
  • When selecting chocolate, look for higher cacao and lower sugar content. Your best bet is raw cacao nibs, which can be eaten whole or ground into powder for use in recipes
  • Many studies have confirmed that cacao can benefit your heart, blood vessels, brain, nervous system, and helps combat diabetes and other conditions rooted in inflammation

By Dr. Mercola

Of all the treats available, chocolate is one of the most craved foods in the world. The first solid chocolate bar, made from cocoa butter, cocoa powder and sugar, was introduced by the British chocolate company J.S. Fry & Sons in 1847, but the history of chocolate goes back at least 4,000 years.


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