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For lovers of chocolate,

While chocolate, along with red wine, tea and coffee is often responsible for staining teeth, I bet you didn't know that there is a 'magic' ingredient in dark chocolate that protects against dental cavities...

There are compounds found in Cocoa Bean Husk (CBH) extract may be more effective at fighting decay than fluoride.  There’s even talk it may be used in mouthwashes and toothpaste.  But this is still very much in development.

And, if you stick to good quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, then it is actually quite nutritious. It contains a good amount of soluble fiber and is loaded with minerals.

A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains:

11 grams of fiber.

67% of the RDA for Iron.

58% of the RDA for Magnesium.

89% of the RDA for Copper.

98% of the RDA for Manganese.

It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.

Now we don't advocate eating 100 grams regularly and certainly not daily but it's good to know that it's not all bad!

If you rinse with water after eating you’ll reduce staining and the risk of tooth decay.

Happy eating

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