Looking for a sweet treat from your Valentine? Iconic items on this special day are roses, candies, and chocolates. If these are in the list of your Valentine’s Day plans, I have good news for you. Chocolate may bring health benefits. However, before you go into a big chocolate binge, let’s discuss chocolate’s benefits and appropriate amounts that will benefit our bodies.
Chocolate contains three components: flavonoids, antioxidants, and flavanols. These chemicals are found in varieties of fruits and vegetables which are great for giving our body rich nutrients. Flavonoids are shown to help with lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow *1 and antioxidants have properties that help with improving the strength of our immune system.*2 Even with these rich benefits, though, the most important thing to keep in mind is serving size.*3
One serving of chocolate is 25 grams, equivalent to half a small chocolate bar, or nine Hershey Kisses. Because chocolate is higher in fat, it is important to be mindful about portions. Chocolate also often has high sugar content, which can add to the calories in a single serving. If you want quality chocolate that can bring heart benefits, go for dark chocolate 60% or above. So, if chocolate was on your agenda for Valentine’s Day I would say go for it. Just go for the dark chocolate!
Don’t feel the need to give up your favorite sweet treats (because you might not have to). Enjoy one square of dark chocolate and its benefits to your health. Have more questions about nutrition, diet or anything else related? Set up a complimentary consultation with Suren at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Lewine, Howard. Sweet dreams: eating chocolate prevents heart disease. Harvard Health Publishing. 16 June 2015.
- Amidor, Toby. “Ask the Expert: Chocolate’s Health Benefits.” Today’s Dietitian Vol. 18 No. 2 P. 10
- “Chocolate.” Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia. 2018. Accessed January, 10, 2019.