The Joy of Chocolate



While it is a long held myth that chocolate causes acne, in reality chocolate not only tastes good, it is good for you too.

Chocolate has numerous health benefits. In fact, about the worst thing you can say about chocolate is that it is often combined with high levels of sugar and trans fats. However, if you choose chocolate that contains 85% cocoa (read the label), you will be getting the supremely sweet benefits of chocolate without ingesting too much sugar.

Just a few of chocolate’s health benefits include:

  • Chocolate contains high levels of phenolics – powerful antioxidants that fight the cell damage that leads to chronic conditions such as cancer and heart diseases.
  • Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins and serotonin – the brain’s feel-good chemicals when combined with the right amounts of sugar (i.e. very little) and (good) fat.
  • Dark chocolate contains high levels of chromium, a substance that has been proven to control blood sugar.

So go ahead, indulge a little. Your brain, your body and your sweet tooth will thank you for it!

Did you know that chocolate could be good for you?

6 thoughts on “The Joy of Chocolate

  1. While I have read this many times that chocolate does not cause acne I know that I always get a pimple after eating chocolate, always, 85% cocoa variety or other. Are pimples same as acne? Is this strange?


  2. if dr Perricone is telling me I can eat dark chocolate I will do it . reading all his books with all the good informations saved my life once. with all his good advices I feel very good and my skin is beautiful and smooth at 62 years old he is my Gourou merci Dr perricone

    • Hi Nadine,
      I really hope this shot in the dark reaches you. I am coming to KC in July for my mother’s memorial. I would love to catch up with you. We’re set for the 14th of July and would love, love, love it if you would be able to join us. Please e-mail me if you get this message. Thank you.

  3. hello dear Dr Perricone

    Fist I want to THANK you for your amazing books, articles, skin care products and supplements…they are magnifique;) LOVE THEM.
    Then I would like to ask you whether you think that natural estradiol would affect the skin in a positive way(I’m a 21 year old girl)? I have been asking my danish dermatologist but she denies that it would affect my skin.But why are pregnant women always having such a wonderful glowing skin?Because my doctor and my gynocologist told me that this all new pill with only natural estradiol would make my skin glow…
    and also I would like to ask you if you believe biological, coldpressed flaxoil would have the same high level of omega 3, as fish oil when ingested?
    Thank you so much for your effort;)

    Loads of loooove
    (my nick name is La Chocobaby-guess why lol;) )


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