Very few of us need a compelling reason to make ourselves eat chocolate. The taste and the momentary mood lift are enough to make it a treat that doesn't need a hard sell (but it's not the only mood-booster. You can actually Fight Depression By Growing A Good-Mood Garden).
But if you aren't eating it consistently, you could be missing out on some of the most amazing health benefits of dark chocolate you never knew about, writes Will Clower, PhD, author of the new book Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight. "Given the fact that healthy cultures eat chocolate all the time and research has yet to show anything but confirmatory evidence about the health effects of high-cocoa chocolate," he says, "it seems logical that you should eat chocolate every day, like a delicious vitamin."
Of course, you have to eat the right chocolate—the candy bars in the grocery store checkout lane aren't going to cut it. You'll reap the greatest health benefits of dark chocolate with products that have 70 percent, or higher, cocoa levels.
So what are those great benefits? Aside from chocolate's reputation as an aphrodisiac and a momentary mood-booster, here are seven legitimate reasons you should be eating it every day.