Dark Chocolate by Lena Beal, MS, RDN, LD
Dark chocolate is incredibly delicious and nutritious.
A 1-ounce (28-gram) serving contains 3.4 mg of iron, which is 19% of the daily value (DV), 56% DV for copper and 15% DV for magnesium.
It also contains prebiotic fiber, which nourishes the friendly bacteria in your gut.
Studies found that cocoa powder and dark chocolate had more antioxidant activity than powders and juices made from acai berries and blueberries https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21299842/); has beneficial effects on cholesterol, and may reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes.
BUT, not all chocolate is created equal. Flavanols are responsible for chocolate’s benefits, and the flavanol content of dark chocolate is much higher than that of milk chocolate. Therefore, it’s best to consume chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa to get the maximum benefits. Who says you can’t indulge! Go ahead, reward reaching your weekly fitness goal with a small piece (portion control always?) of dark chocolate.