A Dark Chocolate Valentine’s Day Box Might Be Just The Healthy Boost You Need
Chocolate for Valentine’s day makes a lot of sense to me. I mean, it is the day of love, right? We are celebrating love relationships, right? Well, I definitely have a love relationship with chocolate. So, having chocolate for Valentine’s Day is simply a must! I do love it and have developed a passion for dark chocolates. In fact, it is the dark stuff that has all the health benefits! So adding dark chocolate to your diet is no longer discouraged. In fact, go ahead, indulge! Buy yourself a big box of heart healthy dark chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Just don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting.!
Since When Is Chocolate Healthy
Well, dark chocolate is filled with flavonoids. Yup, it is antioxidant rich just like fruits, vegetables and tea. Its health benefits are vast and significant. For example it:
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Increases Blood Flow In The Heart (that is why they are sold in heart-shaped boxes on Valentine’s Day you know…)
- Lowers Risk of Blood Clots
- Reduces LDL Cholesterol and Increases HDL Cholesterol.
- Decreases Stress (studies show a direct correlation with increased endorphins and serotonin in the brain)
- Improves Cognitive Function
All Things In Moderation Even on Valentine’s Day
Remember when I said “Just don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting”? Well, yes, it is important to remember the catch phrase “all things in moderation” when it comes to Valentine’s Day indulgences. That goes for any day of the year, of course. I mean, stuff is still high in calories. Even though dark chocolate has less sugar it is still calorie rich at about 150 calories per ounce. Dark chocolates are high in sugar and fat with about 80% of its calories being from these two substances. Doctors’ still recommend it, in moderation, as a great source of antioxidants. In fact dark chocolate has more antioxidants than many fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants protect your body from cell damage caused by normal cell breakdown, toxins in our environment, and even cigarette smoke. Antioxidants fight cancer, cognitive decline and keeps our bodies well. A great reason to indulge in dark chocolate. Just keep it to an ounce a day for great health benefits and a healthy calorie count.
Tips For Choosing A Dark Chocolate Treat
Not all dark chocolate is created equal. It all is antioxidant rich but some are just a bit better than others. Here are some tips to help you choose a sweet treat with the most health benefits:
- Look for chocolates with at least 60 percent cocoa solids.
- Look for chocolates made with cocoa butter (and not palm or coconut oil).
- Store chocolate in a cool dry place. Keep it wrapped to protect it from light which can break down the flavonoids.
I hope you get a big box of heart healthy dark chocolates for Valentine’s Day this year. Enjoy each and every wonderful bite! Just don’t eat it all in one sitting.