Have Your Daily Dose of Dark Chocolate: It's Good for You!

Dark chocolate has plenty of healthy benefits!

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Just in case you need more scientifically-backed proof that your dark chocolate obsession is, for one, normal, and second, an essential part of a balanced diet:

 

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  Dark chocolate is good for your heart. While it is a universally-acknowledged pick-me-up for rough days, dark chocolate is also associated with a lowered risk of heart disease, based on a Cambridge University study.

 

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Need an instant stress-reliever after putting in all those hours at work? Break a piece off of that dark chocolate bar you've been hiding in your secret chocolate stash. According to the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland, chocolate can lower your stress hormone levels.

 

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Dark chocolate is antioxidant-rich! A judicious serving size every day has been proven to lower blood pressure, improve mood, and control insulin sensitivity.

 

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