The 6 Main Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

By Constantinos K Costa

Did you ever believe that one day you would be reading that chocolate not only tastes good but is also good for your health as well? Well this is the day. However I do apologize to spoil this sensational information for you, but I need to point out that not all chocolate is healthy. The healthy chocolate is the one that you rarely see on the shelves of your local supermarket. You guessed it; dark chocolate. (I know, the title gave it away in the beginning).

Healthy dark chocolate, the one which contains a minimum of 70% of cocoa (cacao) or more, is listed in the top foods (aka Superfoods) in which you can add to your healthy diet since it is packed with antioxidants. When consumed in moderation, this delicious treat has some very powerful health benefits which are listed below.

Where Does Chocolate Come From?

By Amy Katherine

Of all the chocoholics in the world there are very few who could actually tell you where chocolate actually comes from. As it turns out the succulent sweet treat that so many of us claim addiction to, is not such a sweet treat when it starts out in the tropical rainforests! Chocolate begins, not as a sweet and milky snack, but rather as a plump round seed within a shell. The life of chocolate is a surprisingly long one in comparison to the short amount of time it takes us to devour the sugary end product. The fascinating lifecycle of chocolate actually takes place over months and months of cultivation and processing before anything resembling chocolate is produced.

Chocolate begins its life as a cacao bean. Cacao beans grow within pods on the Cacao tree. There are more than twenty species of the Cacao tree which grow only within 20 degrees of the equator, and each of them thrives primarily under the rainforest canopy. The majority of the world's Cacao is produced on the Ivory Coast but a significant portion is also produced in South America. As rainforests are depleted Cacao suffers and is increasingly produced on Cacao plantations instead.