Chocolate [facts]

Chocolate may have some health benefits, but beware of the fat and sugar in commercial products, which can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Plain cocoa in moderation is the best choice for adding chocolate flavor to food. It is low in sugar and fat but offers potential health benefits. Cocoa appears to reduce risk factors for heart disease. Flavanols in cocoa beans have antioxidant effects that reduce cell damage. Flavanols — more prevalent in dark chocolate than in milk chocolate — may also help lower blood pressure and improve vascular function. In addition, some research has linked chocolate consumption to reduced risks of diabetes, stroke and heart attack. But more research is needed to confirm these results.

100 grams of chocolate containlightdark
calcium 251 mg30 mg
carbohydrates58 g60.49 g
cholesterol24 mg5 mg
fat30.57 g32,4 g
iron0.91 mg2.13 mg
phosphorous 206 mg51 mg
potassium438 mg502 mg
protein 8.51 g5.54 g
sodium101 mg6 mg
sugars54 g47.56 g