The Health Benefits of Valentine’s Day Chocolate

With Valentine’s Day around the corner let’s talk about how chocolate, especially dark chocolate, has some health benefits.  Not only is it a treat that you can get for that special someone, but it is something that will provide some healthy benefits as well. Chocolate in moderation can lead to all of these benefits, but it does have a high caloric value so it needs to be eaten in moderation.

Here are a few of the benefits:

  • It’s a powerful source of antioxidants
  • May improve blood flow and reduce blood pressure
  • Raises HDL (“good cholesterol”), and reduces LDL (“bad cholesterol”)
  • May reduce heart disease risk
  • May protect you skin from the sun
  • Could improve brain function

Are you a fan of white chocolate?  Did you know that white chocolate isn’t made the same way as “regular” chocolate?  It is actually made of cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids, and sometimes vanilla.  There are benefits to white chocolate as well!  Here are some of those benefits:

  • Lowers the risk of hypertension
  • Lowers the risk of heart failure
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Boosts immunity
  • Improves liver health
  • Treats headaches
  • Improves digestion and relieves stress

Not only could chocolate be a way to someone’s heart, but it can overall help their heart health.  When you are thinking of that special someone, consider getting them some CHOCOLATE as a special surprise and treat for Valentine’s Day!

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