Dark Chocolate: The Healthy Candy?

Dark Chocolate: The Healthy Candy?

It seems ridiculous to say, but dark chocolate is an exception to the rule that to be healthy, you need candy out of your diet. Believe it or not, dark chocolate does your body more good than harm.

From having low, manageable levels of sugar, in comparison to some of your other favorite treats, to being packed full of nutrients, dark chocolate is sure to surprise you with its health benefits. In this article, we take a closer look at what exactly makes dark chocolate the wholesome treat that it is.



First and foremost, dark chocolate contains 50% less sugar than milk chocolate. Besides obviously having less of an impact on your blood sugar levels, dark chocolate also packs about 4x the amount of fiber that milk chocolate does. This helps slow the absorption rate of sugar into your bloodstream, further reducing the overall effect of the sugar in dark chocolate.



Dark chocolate contains a myriad of vitamins, minerals, and other healthy compounds that set it apart from practically all other sweet treats. All chocolate contains trace amounts of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and potassium, but dark chocolate actually has usable levels of these minerals. In fact, dark chocolate contains somewhere in the neighborhood of 2x the amount of potassium than milk chocolate. Forget bananas as a source for your potassium, just have more dark chocolate.

Unique to dark chocolate is a high level of a special compound called theobromine, an alkaloid found in cacao that lowers your blood pressure. This, combined with low amounts of cholesterol and high amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids (which are good for you), means dark chocolate is just as healthy as some more traditional health food staples.  


Which Dark Chocolate to Get 

Even though it is usually a safe bet that dark chocolate is a healthier alternative to milk chocolate, all dark chocolate is not equal. Some dark chocolate contains lots of artificial flavors or emulsifying agents that are additional chemicals that aren’t doing you any favors. Also, to truly enjoy the full benefits of dark chocolate, don’t waste your time or money on anything with a cacao content of less than 70%. When it comes to eating the healthiest chocolate, sometimes spending a little more to get quality dark chocolate can make all of the difference.

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