If you've picked a smoothie over a chocolate snack- reluctantly- in the past, you'll probably like the results of a new study. That's because researchers found that chocolate contains "more healthy plant compounds, gram-for-gram, than fruit juice!" Of course, you can boost the antioxidant level of your personalized chocolate bar with heart-healthy fruits and nuts, but the chocolate itself is a health powerhouse.
The study, published in the Chemistry Central Journal, dubs antioxidant-rich chocolate a "super fruit," and explains:
Lead author Dr Debra Millar and colleagues wrote: "Natural cocoa powder and dark chocolate have significantly greater TF (total flavanol) values than the other fruit powders and juices tested, respectively.
"Cocoa powder... provides nutritive value beyond that derived from its macronutrient composition. Cacao seeds should be considered a 'super fruit' and products derived from cacao seed extracts, such as natural cocoa powder and dark chocolate, as 'super foods'."
Along with antioxidants, chocolate was found to contain flavanols and polyphenols at higher levels than fruit juice. Looking for delicious chocolate that's good for you, too? You can create your own antioxidant-rich chocolate on our Create a Chocolate Bar page, or select one of our Recommended Creations, like the Beautiful Skin bar.