Happy kid girl eating health dark chocolate with pleasure and closed eyes. Vintage portrait

Dark Chocolate. It’s a rare indulgence for many looking to nix the sweets and lead a healthier lifestyle. But perhaps despite our better efforts to be healthier, we got it all wrong. Research has us reaching for the dark chocolate, and we want to let you know why. But first, how about you go ahead and peel away that majestic, metallic-colored foil and break off a piece of heaven.

Melt-in-your-mouth Findings

It’s no secret that dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants. But what if we told you, certain varieties brought something extra to the table? Like probiotics… Research suggests that dark chocolate is chock-full of beneficial microorganisms. “In fact, the sweet stuff has more probiotics than many dairy products — up to 4 times more,” reported Care 2.

And although survivability of these microbes through the digestive tract has long been a concern with many forms of probiotics, it looks like the dark-chocolate is an especially resilient vehicle for these beneficial microbes. Livestrong elaborates, saying “A 2010 study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology found that probiotics in dark chocolate survived the passage through the stomach and small intestine better than those added to liquid milk (91 to 80 percent versus 20 to 31 percent).”

If that sounds too good to be true, let’s do a quick recap. The research is in, and it looks like dark chocolate got the thumbs up for its probiotic and antioxidant properties.

Now, come on already, channel your inner kid-with-a-candy-bar and pass the chocolate.