We’re fortunate that many research universities continue to publish peer-reviewed studies on the health benefits of cacao beans, cacao nibs and dark chocolate.

Identified as a "Super Food" or "Super Fruit," regularly eating snacking cacao, cacao nibs and high % cacao content dark chocolate can help you enjoy the following health benefits:

Lowers blood pressure

Effect of cocoa on blood pressure.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. , 2017 Apr 25, doi:10.1002/14651858.CD008893.pub3

Cardiovascular Benefits in young, healthy adults

Randomized study of the effects of cocoa-rich chocolate on the ventricle–arterial coupling and vascular function of young, healthy adults
Nutrition, Volumes 63–64, July–August 2019, Pages 175-183, available online 27 Feb 2019

Inverse relationship with Type 2 diabetes

Chocolate consumption and risk of diabetes mellitus in the Physicians’ Health Study
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 101, Issue 2, 1 Feb 2015, Pages 362–367

Positively Impacts Gut Health

Chocolate, gut microbiota, and human health
Frontiers in Pharmacology, 07 Feb 2013

Positive effects on Facial Wrinkles and Elasticity

Reduces stress reactivity in your body

Dark Chocolate Intake Buffers Stress Reactivity in Humans
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Volume 63, Issue 21, 3 Jun 2014, Pages 2297-2299

Counteracts Cognitive Decline

Enhancing Human Cognition with Cocoa Flavonoids
Frontiers in Nutrition, 16 May 2017

Positive Influence on Mood and State of Alertness

The relevance of theobromine for the beneficial effects of cocoa consumption,
Frontiers in Pharmacology, 2015, Volume 6. 20 Feb 2015

Not all chocolate or cacao products are created equal. Heed this advice from Berkeley Wellness and remember moderation is key when eating dark chocolate for your health.