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Dark chocolate isn’t just any sweet treat. According to research, it’s loaded with nutrients that can positively impact your health (when consumed in moderation).

Combats free radicals

When pit against free radicals – which can cause damage to parts of the cell such as DNA and membranes – to see how well certain foods would respond, cocoa and dark chocolate were found to have a high ORAC level (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). In other words, they’re loaded with antioxidants like polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins, among others, which can combat free radical damage, also called “oxidative damage.

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