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Chocolate lovers would be delighted to know that chocolate has health benefits! Studies have shown that dark chocolate plays a beneficial role in heart health, helps to protect against cancer and assists in maintaining a healthy blood pressure. It has also been shown to improve moods by boosting Serotonin levels (known as the “happy” hormone) in the brain. Dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants (polyphenols) which can help protect body cells from damage and promote good health. And the more cocoa in the chocolate, the more antioxidants it contains, and that’s why dark chocolate has more health benefits than regular milk or white chocolate.

This good news doesn’t mean you can have an unlimited amount of chocolate! Dark chocolate is still high in fat and calories and should be considered an occasional treat to be enjoyed in moderation, as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

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