Dark chocolate is beneficial to human health, but milk chocolate, white chocolate, and other varieties are not. For dark chocolate to be beneficial, cacao or chocolate liquor should be the first ingredient listed, not sugar.
Dark chocolate containing 70% cocoa solids means that 70% of the chocolate is from cocoa beans and less from added sugars, oils and other fillers.
Dark chocolate is healthier retaining a higher percentage of flavonoids, a plant-based compound with protective antioxidants also found in red wine and green tea.
The antioxidants in dark chocolate surpasses pecans (14% less) and red wine (25% less).
Dark chocolate contains high levels of phenyl ethylamine, a naturally occurring chemical in the brain that promotes feelings of rapture, associated with being in love.
Dark chocolate contains a range of nutrients which include minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and B vitamins.
Dark chocolate contains the highest antioxidant content of any food. Antioxidants boost the good HDL levels in cholesterol, helping maintain healthier cholesterol levels.