Additional health benefits of dark chocolate include:
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Improved cognitive function
- Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
- Improved mood
- Reduced inflammation
Of course, while it does have plenty of health benefits, dark chocolate is still candy and is often high in sugar, fats and calories.
The American Heart Association recommends that adults consume no more than six teaspoons (24 grams) of added sugar daily for women and nine teaspoons (36 grams) for men.
Higher quality dark chocolate is generally better for you.
“The higher the percent of cacao, the less sugar is in the chocolate and the higher the amount of cocoa mass,” Frances Largeman-Roth, registered dietitian and author, told TODAY. “I usually find that 85% is absolutely delicious and it still delivers on health benefits.”