♥ It Helps Your Workout
Sound to good to be true? Believe it! A recent study found that eating a small piece of dark chocolate before a workout fights fatigue.
♥ It Helps Relieve Stress
I probably don’t need to say anything to convince you of this one! Another recent scientific study found that participants who ate an ounce and a half of dark chocolate everyday for two weeks had a significant reduction in stress hormone levels.
♥ It Helps Your Heart
Dark chocolate contains compounds that help to increase the flow of blood to the heart.
♥ It Helps Lower Your Blood Pressure
Along with increasing blood flow, chocolate has ingredients that help to dilate blood vessels and release nitric oxide.
♥ It Helps You When Your Sick
Theobromine, an ingredient in chocolate, has been shown to suppress a cough!
While it may be good for your health, not all chocolate is created equal!
♥ Go Dark
The darker the chocolate, the more flavonols it contains, so choose the bar with the highest percent cocoa.
♥ Go Nuts
Choosing a chocolate treat that contains nuts adds heart healthy fats to your dessert
♥ Go Fruity
Pair your chocolate bites with fresh fruit! Because come on…do you know anyone who doesn’t like chocolate covered strawberries?
♥ Go Easy
Remember, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Practice portion control and stick to one or two ounces.
Contrary to popular belief, one entire heart-shaped box does not count as a single serving! Confused about what a serving of chocolate looks like? One hundred calories of your favorite Valentine’s treats look something like this:
♥ 1.5 Russel Stover’s Truffles
♥ 5 Hershey’s Kisses
♥ 29 M&Ms
♥ 3 Dark Chocolate Dove Hearts
♥ 1.5 York Peppermint Patties
♥ 2 Mini Twix Bars