Polyphenols are mainly present in plants. They are powerful antioxidants, which can help us against chronic diseases. Also, they have powerful anti-aging properties.
Polyphenols in chocolate
Chocolate is made out of cocoa beans. There are many types of chocolate, depending on the percentage of cocoa.
You better prefer chocolate with cocoa percentage higher than 70%.
A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that cocoa powder is the 4th richest food in polyphenols with 3448 mg per 100g! Dark chocolate is 8th with 1664 mg of polyphenols.
Also, dark chocolate is an excellent dietary source of iron.
Additionally, both cocoa powder and dark chocolate are rich in antioxidants. Actually, eating reasonable amounts of dark chocolate in the afternoon is good for weight loss, due to its superior antioxidant content!
But, you better avoid milk chocolate or white chocolate. It’s poor in cocoa solids. For instance, milk chocolate contains only 236 mg of polyphenols per 100g.