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Cocoa and chocolate provide a treasury of minerals. Often working in conjunction with vitamins, these are also indispensable for normal physical function. The most significant of the minerals found in chocolate are:

 
Name

% RDA* per
100 g
chocolate

In which
chocolate
types?

Functions
Calcium 

3 - 40%

Mostly found in milk and white chocolate. 

  • needed for the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth
  • together with vitamin A, aids coagulation of blood in wounds
  • plays a role in muscle function
Magnesium

6 - 60%

The greatest concentrations are found in dark chocolate.

  • helps maintain a strong skeletal system
  • primarily active in the promotion of memory and brain function and in preventing depression
Copper 

0 - 60%

Mostly found in dark chocolate and, to a lesser extent, in milk chocolate. 

  • probably has a role in countering cardiovascular disease
Iron 

2 - 35% 

Mostly found in dark chocolate.

  • active in the transport of oxygen to all body tissues
Phosphorus

25 - 35%

Only in milk and dark chocolate.

  • involved in the maintenance of a strong skeletal system
  • has a role in the utilization of energy arising from food
Zinc

7 - 17%

The highest concentrations are found in dark chocolate.

  • important in the take-up of nutritional elements from macro-nutrients
  • involved in cell growth and the repair of tissue in the human body
Manganese

 0 - 100%

The highest concentrations are found in dark chocolate and, to a lesser extent, in milk chocolate. 

  • aids the functioning of the nervous system
 
* Recommended Daily Allowance

                                                                                                                         

 


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