Does chocolate contain antioxidants?
At Green & Black's our aim is to make the best-tasting chocolate we can from the finest organic ingredients. Many of our products use dark chocolate which has higher cocoa solids content, but even our milk chocolate has 34% cocoa solids compared to the average which is around 20%.
Dark chocolate has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure (Journal of the American Medical Association 2007; 298: 49-60).Eating more dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure if you have mild to high blood pressure, say the researchers. Remember to balance the calories from chocolate and in the rest of your diet by being active and eating a healthy, balanced diet. We use a high cocoa content in our products due to the intense flavour it delivers, not due to the proposed health benefits.
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, specifically cocoa polyphenols. Antioxidants can help to combat free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments. Naturally occurring antioxidants are found in most plants including fruit and vegetables, as well as cocoa.
We have tested our bars for polyphenols through an independent laboratory and for epicatechin, a flavanol which also falls into the polyphenol group:
- • G&B's Organic Dark 70% Chocolate – 2.2% Total Polyphenols
- • G&B’s Organic Dark 70% Chocolate – 1040 ppm Epicatechin
- • G&B’s Organic Milk Chocolate – 0.5% Total Polyphenols
- • G&B’s Organic Milk Chocolate – 320 ppm Epicatechin
- • G&B’s Organic Fairtrade Cocoa Powder – 4% Total Polyphenols
- • G&B’s Organic Fairtrade Cocoa Powder – 2270 ppm Epicatechin
- • G&B’s Organic Dark 85% Chocolate – 2.3% Total Polyphenols
- • G&B’s Organic Dark 85% Chocolate – 1080 ppm Epicatechin