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.