Is chocolate actually good for you?
The Maya loved cacao so much they used the beans as currency. They also believed it is good for you—which many people still say today about cacao’s most famous byproduct, chocolate.
In fact, cacao—which, also called cocoa, is the not-so-secret ingredient of chocolate—contains hundreds of bioactive plant compounds, including flavanols, which have been associated with numerous possible health benefits.
“Research on the bioactive components of the cacao bean pretty consistently shows that if you’re consuming greater amounts of flavanols you …