I am a huge advocate of the traditional Mediterranean diet
(defined by me at my website) because of its ability to prolong life and prevent or mitigate certain chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes), cancer (breast, prostate, uterus, and colon), type 2 diabetes, and dementia.
Oldways Preservation Trust
has also defined the traditional Mediterranean diet, as has Wikipedia
The traditional Mediterranean diet associated with the health benefits was the one eaten around the middle of the 20th century, heavily influenced by southern Italy and Greece.
Most of the readily available literature on the traditional Mediterranean diet does not mention chocolate, but instead mentions fresh fruit and honey as deserts or to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Could you save me some research time and tell me if chocolate was commonly eaten by the traditional Mediterraneans? Dark or milk?