Chocolate: Friend or Foe?

Valentine’s Day is near, and for most of us that means a love/hate relationship with…chocolate. Can you eat just a little? What is the healthiest kind? We looked at the research and found some surprising information about the indulgent treat. 

  • Chocolate is made from cocoa, which contains flavonoids. Flavonoids are believed to be good for the cardiovascular system and might reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
  • Dark Chocolate may be linked to reduced blood pressure and improved cholesterol levels.
  • Last but not least, it’s mood enhancing. Chocolate stimulates endorphin production, which makes you feel good. It also has serotonin, a natural antidepressant.

So go for it! Have a little treat and feel good about eating chocolate. Just remember to stick to the dark variety and have portion control.