11. Dark Chocolate (Cocoa)
Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. It is loaded with fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese (46). But its biggest benefit is its amazing range of antioxidants. In fact, a study showed that cocoa and dark chocolate scored higher in antioxidants than any other food tested, which included blueberries and acai berries (47). Multiple studies in humans show that dark chocolate has powerful health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, reduced oxidized LDL and improved brain function (48, 49, 50). One study found that people who consumed chocolate more than five times per week had a 57% lower risk of heart disease (51). Given that heart disease is the most common cause of death worldwide, this finding could have implications for millions of people. Make sure to get dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content. The best ones contain 85% cocoa or higher.
Eating a small square of quality dark chocolate every day may be one of the best ways to supplement your diet with additional antioxidants.
Dark chocolate and cocoa are very high in minerals and antioxidants. Eating them regularly may provide various health benefits.