The healthcare benefits of dark chocolate
… The Olmec’s are the earliest known humans to develop a taste for Cacao beans …

Why is Dark Chocolate a Healthier Choice for Valentine’s Day?

When it comes to Dark chocolate versus Milk chocolate; cocoa is the tie-breaking element

John G. Baresky

According to the Smithsonian Institution, the Olmecs were the first chocolate aficionados

In the Smithsonian Magazine article, “What We Know About The Earliest History Of Chocolate” author Josie Garthwaite and cultural arts curator Hayes Lavis note the historical record indicates the Olmecs of Southern Mexico were consuming cacao as long as 1500 years ago. Pots and vessels recovered from Olmec archeological sites have contained traces of theobromine, a chemical found in cacao.

Cocoa, derived from the cacao bean, is a major force in agricultural, commodity trading and consumer product industries

Companies like Fererro, Hershey, Lindt & Sprüngli, Mars, Mondelez, Nestle generate millions of dollars in chocolate product sales annually. It is estimated about 4.5 million tons of cocoa beans are harvested annually. Listed alphabetically are some of the leading countries in cacao bean agricultural production:

  • Cameroon
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Ecuador
  • Ghana
  • Indonesia
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria

Allergies and choice of chocolate healthcare precautions

Purist or not, Dark chocolate may frequently contain milk and for persons with milk protein allergies, Dark chocolate may not be a safe alternative to Milk chocolate. All things considered, there some health benefits to consider when choosing to give or consume Dark or Milk chocolate.

Five healthcare facts about chocolate:

  1. Dark chocolate and Milk chocolate have these and other minerals within their contents:
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

Dark chocolate versus Milk chocolate healthcare winner

The winner in terms of healthcare benefits is Dark chocolate. Depending on the judge, their palate and its taste preferences could be the final decision-maker. Whether the cocoa confection of your choice is Dark chocolate or Milk chocolate, enjoy and indulge in each with moderation.

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