Science Agrees: This Is the Healthiest Type of Chocolate

As all great lovers do, we made you a mix, dear reader—of chocolate, that is. In all seriousness, if you're trying to eat healthier but also refuse to give up your chocolate addiction, we have a solution for you: gourmet and health-conscious dark chocolate bars. According to Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, the antioxidants in dark chocolate can protect you against disease-causing free radicals while the flavanols can improve cardiovascular health, among other benefits. And according to those of us with a sweet tooth, it's good for overall happiness simply because it tastes so good.



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To celebrate this incredible news, we decided to round up the best dark chocolate bars and bites. Some are foodie-friendly while others allow you to shop with a conscience or stay true to your dietary restrictions, from kosher to vegan to gluten-free. Once you decide which chocolate treat you want to try first, we suggest sticking it in your purse or on your bedside table for easy access next time your sweet tooth starts to nag at you. Ready to get cuckoo with some cacao? (Sorry for that sentence, it must the sugar talking.) Scroll through our selection of the 15 best dark chocolate bars to indulge in below.