2. Mental Health Benefits

Dark chocolate might protect against depression, with one study showing that people who had eaten it in the previous 24 hours were 70% less likely to report feeling depressed. Experts believe this effect is due to resveratrol, an antioxidant in cocoa that can increase levels of endorphins and serotonin in the brain. Cocoa can also help with anxiety, thanks to compounds that release dopamine and have euphoric effects.

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