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Definition

Eating dark chocolate on a regular basis can improve cardiovascular health and reduce stress.

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How to Do It

Eat around 40g (1.5 ounces) of dark chocolate a day. This is approximately 3 ‘squares’ of a typical chocolate bar, but varies between products. Ideally, the chocolate should contain at least 70% cacao and no milk.

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Benefits

  • Improves mood
  • Improves cognitive function
  • Reduces stress levels
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces risk of death by heart disease
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Time Commitment

2 minutes per day

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Why it works

  • Dark chocolate contains ‘flavonoids’. These compounds can reduce blood pressure and risk of blood clots by promoting healthy blood composition[2:5].
  • Dark chocolate also contain ‘methylxanthines’, chemicals with psychological effects. This is why dark chocolate can improve mood and cognitive function[1].
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Suggested Frequency

Once daily

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Side Effects

  • Overconsumption can lead to weight gain and diabetes.
  • Addiction to chocolate is possible, although unlikely.
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Required Equipment

Dark chocolate

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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it 

Audrey Hepburn

Blake Lively

Kylie Minogue

Dr. Axe

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Related Products

Dark Chocolate

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Category Health/Productivity/Mood:

Health, Productivity, Mood 

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Suggested Time of Day

N/A

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Notes

  • Dark chocolate goes great with a handful of nuts as a healthy snack or small meal replacement. 
  • If you dislike the taste of the dark stuff, substituting milk chocolate in its place would have the same psychological benefits as dark chocolate. However, its milk content blocks the absorption of flavonoids, meaning it has no benefit for heart health. White chocolate has no recorded benefits.

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