The Many Benefits of Dark Chocolate

If you’re anything like me, I have no doubt you just read this title and thought:

“Oh look, an excuse to eat chocolate!”

The good news is, you’re right! Chocolate is the ultimate comfort food and dark chocolate (I’m talking the stuff that’s 75% cocoa and over) is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.

Now if your sweet tooth craves the version mixed with heaps of sugar and milk, I’m sorry I can’t help you. But if your idea of heaven is to dip your hand into a box of black magic, then you’re in luck.

Here are some of the many health benefits dark chocolate has to offer which have been backed by science!

1 – It’s Packed With Nutrients

Dark chocolate is made from the seed of the cocoa tree and like most seeds, it is super nutritious.

That is why a high cocoa content chocolate (75-80%) manages to retain a large amount of those essential nutrients.

Just look at what 100 grams has to offer (source):


  • Protein – 16% of the RDV
  • Fiber – 66% of the RDV


  • Vitamin K – 9% of the RDV
  • Vitamin B12 – 5% of the RDV
  • Riboflavin – 5% of the RDV
  • Niacin – 5% of the RDV


  • Manganese – 98% of the RDV
  • Copper – 89% of the RDV
  • Iron – 67% of the RDV
  • Magnesium – 58% of the RDV
  • Phosphorus – 31% of the RDV
  • Zinc – 22% of the RDV
  • Potassium – 21% of the RDV
  • Selenium – 10% of the RDV
  • Calcium – 7% of the RDV

That is some nutrient power right there!

Of course, 100 grams is not something you should be consuming daily, especially not at 600 calories! Therefore, of course it should be eaten in moderation.

Read the whole article for all 14 benefits: