Besides being so enjoyable, dark chocolate offers nutrients that can affect your health positively. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best resources for antioxidants. When referring to dark chocolate, it needs to contain 70-85% cocoa for it to have healthy benefits. 100 grams contains:
11 grams of fiber
67% of the RDA for Iron.
58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
89% of the RDA for Copper.
98% of the RDA for Manganese.
It has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. The flavonoids in dark chocolate, the water-soluble pigments that have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, can stimulate the lining of arteries to produce Nitric Oxide. Nitric Oxide sends signals to the arteries to relax, and lowers resistance to blood flow which reduces blood pressure. Of course choosing quality chocolate and not overindulging is the best option for a healthy body.
Tip: The Darker the chocolate, the less sugar it will contain.