Antioxidants of Chocolate

Rich Dark Chocolate

Chocoholic’s Favorite Antioxidant

Dark chocolate has four times as much antioxidant as compared to black tea. Dark chocolate may be higher than a cup of green tea, approximately 42 mg to 50 mg of catechins. Studies have found that dark chocolate had 53.5 mg of catechins (a polyphenolic antioxidant plant metabolite) per 100 gm.

This is good news for chocoholics. Eat your chocolate and be healthy too. Dark chocolate that is and in moderation.

White chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate eaten with milk will be low in antioxidant. Milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate. Eat a piece of dark chocolate with a glass of water and your body will love you for it.

Antioxidants gobble up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments. Enjoy a piece of dark chocolate a day and it will lower with high blood pressure as well. According to Dirk Taubert, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Cologne, Germany.

What makes this chocolaty, mouth watering ecstasy so healthy? It is the cocoa (or cacao). This ingredient is rich in antioxidant flavonoids. The higher the cocoa content the higher the flavonoids.

Being a confessed chocoholic, I love everything about this smooth, sensual, creamy confection. My problem is I can go on a eating fringy when it comes to chocolate. The key is moderation.

I love milk chocolate, but dark chocolate is good too. Enjoying a small piece of high content cocoa (or cacao) a day for better health is just what this chocoholic ordered.

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What Do You Think of Chocolate? 66 comments

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a.l. laurice 6 years ago from United States

Thanks Sandyspider, I always am glad for another excuse to eat candy!


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

Very nice. I love chocolate!


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Oh those pictures, I love chocolate, but have NO control. If I were to start I can not stop. Great hub and good news my middle name is "overdue a good thing" Thanks for your grand advise.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Thank you for this great hub. I love chocolate too. Your pictures made me wish I had some right now.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Delicious Hub, I eat dark chocolate, the 70% or higher kind it has amazing health benefits...plus makes you feel good.

Peace:)


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advisor4qb 6 years ago from On New Footing

I love dark chocolate!

I SO look forward to Halloween when I can raid my kids' containers of candy for the Special Dark Chocolate bars!

BRB gotta go to the grocery store real quick...


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NoRR4Me 6 years ago

Hey Sandy, you're making me hungry. LOL.

I like this Hub and I love Dark Chocolate and Cacao. I used to eat the Dark Chocolates in the Hershey's variety pack way back before most people discovered it was good for you. Most people would go for the Milk Chocolate pieces first.


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entertianmentplus 6 years ago from United States

Love chocolate very good info.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

Nice to know that something that tastes good is also good for you. Nice Hub.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Wish I could eat it! I discovered that I'm allergic to it and I miss it so much....


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Great information! Most dark chocolate is Vegan friendly too. :) lol I'm not a big chocolate person but once I month I do get a craving for dark chocolate covered Almonds I order from this Vegan shop online and they are soooooo good. Now I know they're not as bad for me as I thought! haha


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mulberry1 6 years ago

It's always nice when something that tastes sooo good actually has some value healthwise.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Sandy, I love dark chocolate and this was a good hub. Thumbs up!


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easylearningweb 6 years ago

I am a chocoholic, so of course I love this hub! I have to remember to buy dark chocolate more now than ever. I love almost anything chocolate.

Thx,

Easylearningweb


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

easylearningweb, I love all chocolate. But there is something with the taste of milk chocolate I love the best. But must have more dark chocolate.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hey Sandy, when I was growing up and there were no sweets in the house, I would mix some sugar into Hershey's Cocoa and eat it with a spoon--was I just desperate or did I sense that dark chocolate was good for me? =:) Thank you for highlighting my favorite food group.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Winsome, I would say you were desperate. Now if you just had the cocoa without the sugar (though very bitter), you would have a healthy snack.


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WannaB Writer 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

I prefer dark chocolate. I'm wondering how it compares to white tea in antioxidants. If milk is not good to drink with dark chocolate because it does something to the antioxidants, I'm thinking the white tea I usually drink with it might enhance the effect.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Interesting to find out about white tea.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Interesting to find out about white tea.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

glad to know all the facts concerning one of my favorite things in the world :)and I'm glad it's all good news. Thanks for an excellent Hub.


Margaret 5 years ago

I've been trying to ween myself onto dark chocolate as I'd heard about the potential health benefits (rather than its sweeter milkier cousin) but I'm finding it tough. This Hub has gone some way to convincing me that I'm going in the right direction, so thank you Sandy!


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Margaret, I am a milk chocolate person too. But dark chocolate is the way to go.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I have read so many good things about chocolate too especially the dark but more than a small bit of chocolate makes my chest hurt. Isn't that weird? It doesn't seem to bother anyone else! I bought a huge bar of the dark and said I would have one block a day and in three or less it was gone and I was moaning! lol


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Pollyannalana, that is strange. I use to get sick after eating chocolate. Thank god I don't any more.


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celeBritys4africA 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I like chocolate, more dark chocolate, I eat almost daily.


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

celeBritys4africA, glad you are the dark chocolate type of person. Thanks for the comment.


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natures47friend 4 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

MMMM...yum...interesting hub. I have an unfortunate craving for the milky chocs and find the dark ones too rich for my stomach. I know the higher the cocoa the better it is for you, but still....Divine photos!


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Linda Compton 4 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

Great hub! I share your passion for healthy chocolate, as well as your appreciation of dark chocolate's remarkable antioxidant levels. And it is crucial to remember that all chocolate is not created equal. Cold processing is the key! Because the cacao bean is plant based, traditional processing (which uses high heat) diminishes the nutritional value just like over cooking veggies does. The more I learn about this delicious, functional, super food, the more there is to love!


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Chocolate is an important part of our diets, physically and mentally. Thanks for reminding me of the happy thought that I need to go eat my daily dose of dark! :)


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

Next time somebody tells me that chocolate is bad for me, l'll show them your hub. Can't get enough of the stuff. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Sandyspider 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks for commenting alocsin.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Sing praises for chocolate! I am so glad the researchers found out about it. Thanks for reminding us to have our daily chocolate fix!


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Sandyspider 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

I would die without chocolate :)


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Sandy, great, then I don't have to feel so guilty! LOL! I am a dark chocolate fan! Thanks for sharing the antioxidant benefits. WIll share as well!


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Sandyspider 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks midget38.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Sandy,

I had no idea that drinking milk with dark chocolate would negate the effects of the antioxidants in the chocolate. Good to know! I like dark chocolate. We generally eat some in the form of blueberries, cranberries or pomegranite being encased in the dark chocolate...a couple of good round morsels of those every day. We purchase them at Costco. UUI votes!


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Sandyspider 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Peggy W, sounds like you eat healthy.

Milk and chocolate do taste good together. But it does have a less healthy effect on the goodness of dark chocolate.


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naiza 3 years ago from The Philippines

I'm such a chocolate lover. It is great to know that it also healthy to the body and nutritious too. Thank you for this article.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Always happy to know that chocolate is good for you!!!


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Nice to know for us chocoholics, Audrey.


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dwelburn 2 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

Yes dark chocolate has a number of health benefits. I eat some most days. Sometimes I do eat some milk chocolate though, which is not so good as you say.


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

dwelburn Thanks for the visit.


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W1totalk 2 years ago

Dark chocolate with all it's benefits are great. It's a shame chocolate can't overcome the milky interference. If so, toxic take down would be on.


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

W1totalk I use to like the milk chocolate more but find that I am getting more into the dark chocolate.


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Anthony Moreau 2 years ago from Scottsdale, Arizona

I know I'm a guy but I love chocolate just as much especially if I haven't had my coffee for the day I crave it.


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Anthony Moreau I have known some guys who are chocolate lovers too.


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Anthony Moreau 2 years ago from Scottsdale, Arizona

lol....i guess its ok for guys to like chocolate too....after all its supposed to raise your seritonin levels in the brain as well...


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Anthony Moreau Everyone needs that feel good chemical.


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Anthony Moreau 2 years ago from Scottsdale, Arizona

i totally agree sandy spider : )


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boutiqueshops 2 years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas

This is one of those times that something that is so good for you, tastes so good too. Dark chocolate is rich and flavorful. :)


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

boutiqueshops I use to be more of a milk chocolate person. But I am loving dark chocolate even more.


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mylindaelliott 2 years ago from Louisiana

I lo ve dark chocolate. It being good for me is a lucky bonus.


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

mylindaelliott give me chocolate any day.


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favored 2 years ago from USA

Love chocolate, especially dark chocolate. When I found out it was good for you it made my day!


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

favored, I think I was dancing when I found out how good dark chocolate is for you. But all things in moderation.


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colorfulone 2 years ago from Minnesota

I am more of a milk chocolate eater, but I am not very big on sweets to begin with. I do enjoy the taste of dark chocolate on occasion.


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

colorfulone I have always been more for milk chocolate but I am liking dark chocolate more then I use to.


Donna Cook 2 years ago

Hi Sandy, Dark chocolate certainly has a deep rich flavor. As I get older, I find myself going back to childhood favorites like Hershey's and Snickers bars.


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Snickers use to be my favorite. Hershey's is good too.


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SheGetsCreative 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

Love dark chocolate - the darker the better. It's almost guilt free! :)


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

SheGetsCreative I had always been more of a milk chocolate person. But I find that now I am more into the dark chocolate.


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colorfulone 18 months ago from Minnesota

Great information on dark chocolate. I do not eat much chocolate but when I do, I prefer milk chocolate. Maybe it is best I do not indulge myself often.


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Sandyspider 18 months ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

colorfulone I am a chocoholic. Milk chocolate use to be my favorite. But I am finding that I am liking dark chocolate as I get older.


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zaton 15 months ago from California

I love how good dark chocolate is for you - especially, of course, the antioxidant effects - but I must profess that I am a staunch advocate of milk chocolate lol. But I'm also liking the dark stuff more as the years pile on...


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Sandyspider 14 months ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Zaton I have adjusted my taste lately to the healthier things. But I know what you mean by the milk chocolate.

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