With Valentine’s Day upon us, you may be expressing your love with chocolate tomorrow and why not when there are so many health benefits associated with it if you have chosen wisely. The cocoa contained in chocolate is rich in polyphenols and flavonoids which are beneficial to the heart and brain. Generally, the darker the chocolate the better as dark chocolate contains more antioxidants which again, are great for health. It’s not just because chocolate tastes good that it makes us happy, it’s also to do with cocoa’s exceptional concentration of polyphenols, which have been shown in studies to lift mood and can also help with mental focus - an added bonus! The flavanols may also be able to help improve blood flow and blood pressure. The compounds in dark chocolate appear to be highly protective against the oxidation of LDL, which in the long term, may help to reduce the amount of cholesterol sticking to arteries, therefore lowering the risk of heart disease.
Of course, everything in moderation, so aiming to have a square or two a day would be beneficial.
So enjoy giving and receiving Valentine chocolates, just be sure to pick dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70% or higher.
Keep in mind that not all chocolates are made with health in mind. Some sacrifice all for the sake of flavor in the form of high calories, saturated fat, and sugar. Really it’s all about moderation. Limiting yourself to 7 ounces of quality chocolate a week is not only good for you, but is also a great way to satisfy your taste buds
The next time you are craving something sweet, instead of indulging in a full-sized candy bar, try an IsaDelight Plus. These chocolate squares, are infused with green tea extract, amino acids, B vitamins, minerals, and provide only 60 calories. With all of the benefits associated with cocoa, you can enjoy a chocolate treat this Valentine’s Day guilt free.
the cocoa contained in chocolate is rich in polyphenols and flavonoids which are beneficial to the heart and brain