T’is the season for chocolate bunnies, colourfully decorated eggs and way too much sugar. While it’s important to keep moderation in mind, it turns out eating chocolate could be good for you. Just make sure that it’s dark – and the darker the chocolate, the greater the possible health benefits.

1. It’s a powerful source of antioxidants

Antioxidants protect your body’s cells against free radicals. Free radicals can damage your cells and lead to illness and aging. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants to protect you from these free radicals and could also play a role in cancer prevention and heart health.

2. It helps to give your skin a healthy glow

Dark chocolate contains vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, and copper – all the ingredients needed for healthy skin.

3. It could be good for your brain

Eating dark chocolate not only improves your mood, but also has the ability to lower stress. Some studies showed that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory and mood.

Dark chocolate, together with a healthy, balanced diet, can be good for your body and soul. And it’s a far better alternative to milk or white chocolate, or other sweets. It’s a way to reduce your sugar intake when you’re looking for something sweet, because you eat less of it and you’re satisfied for longer. Just remember that chocolate contains a higher number of calories, so moderation is always important.

Read more about the possible benefits of dark chocolate here.