The Benefits of Dark Chocolate

A bar of dark chocolate next to chocolate buttons and hot chocolate powder

In recent years, it has become more and more well-known that there are potential health benefits to consuming dark chocolate and cocoa products; which in my humble opinion is wonderful! Cocoa is one of the most polyphenol-rich of the commonly consumed drinks (such as coffee, cocoa, and tea per serving); and it is estimated that a serving (40g) of dark chocolate can provide more antioxidants than blueberries – which are traditionally considered to be high in antioxidants. Further research shows it also has a higher antioxidant capacity than red wine!

Some research goes as far as to state that the consumption of cocoa and dark chocolate is associated with anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, anti-allergy, and anti-carcinogenic action, as well as showing beneficial results on cognitive function and moods.

We’ve all heard the stories about chocolate/cocoa and love, and there is a lot of truth in this…

Phenylethylalanine has been isolated in chocolate which is associated with the feelings of  attraction, and that initial euphoria of falling in love. This chemical also acts as an antidepressant by combining with dopamine that is naturally present in the brain.

According to the research carried out (Relationship between Cocoa Intake and Healthy Status: A Pilot Study in University Students), due to cocoa being high in polyphenols, and the positive effect of such polyphenols on the body, “it can be suggested that a diet including a moderate consumption of cocoa products might substantially prevent allergic diseases and might ameliorate allergy symptoms.”

Obviously, if we are sensible, and take a common sense approach – due to its high, energy-dense values, too much cocoa and dark chocolate indulgence may have the potential downside of weight gain. However, the good news is that overall research seems to indicate that the benefits of moderate consumption outweigh the risks of weight gain.

Looking into this, I came across a fascinating study that was carried out; the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2012–2013 on the Association of Chocolate Consumption with Hearing Loss and Tinnitus in Middle-Aged People. The results of the survey suggest that a “chocolate-based diet may protect middle-aged people from hearing loss.” During the course of the survey, 3575 subjects between the ages of 40-64 underwent a medical interview, physical examination, audiological evaluation, tinnitus questionnaire, and nutrition examination. The results were that the rate of any hearing loss (unilateral or bilateral) in the subjects who consumed chocolate was significantly lower than that in those who did not. A more recent study undertaken by The University of Surrey has concluded that cocoa can improve vascular function and decrease blood pressure and arterial stiffness.

Who would have thought that eating dark chocolate could potentially help prevent hearing loss?

So, here you have just a few reasons (if you need any more) on the benefits of dark chocolate, and why we should enjoy eating it. Take a look at some of our most popular dark chocolate products below!


Classic Dark Chocolate Bar

Our luxurious classic dark chocolate bar has been handcrafted in our York kitchen, using 60% cocoa solids, a hint of natural vanilla flavouring and the perfect touch of sugar, to enhance the beautiful, rich taste in each bite.

A bar of blood orange gin dark chocolate

Blood Orange Gin Dark Chocolate Bar

We can no longer deny the delicious power of a dark chocolate and gin combination – it works beautifully! Fresh fruity orange, pairs perfectly with the juniper and our 60% cocoa solids dark chocolate to give you an experience to remember.  A fruity, yet indulgent taste this vegan registered blood orange gin bar is a great way to enjoy our chocolate gin collection.

Classic Dark Hot Chocolate

Our stunning dark hot chocolate is perfect for those who have less of a sweet tooth. Made with 60% cocoa solids dark chocolate and flaked by hand; this is indulgence at its best and will certainly put you in your happy place! Flakes of rich, smooth dark chocolate to enjoy at home as a cup of comfort for any time of the day.


About Lisa Bone

Design & Marketing Associate for Choc affair. I am 23 years old and live in the beautiful city that is York! I love baking and creating new recipes for the Cocoa Corner. My favourite chocolate just has to be our Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate - it's extremely more-ish - so I have to be careful if there's any about!