Valentine’s Day Chocolates have always been a giving and eating tradition. Chocolate is the number one food craved by women, especially between the ages of 25 and 45. Valentine’s Day is getting close and I am sure you are planning to do a little something to celebrate, whether you are married or single. If you are like me, there is going to be a little bit of “chocolate” involved as well as the stress of worrying that you will be doing your body some harm by indulging. Absolutely NOT! In keeping with the healthy lifestyle most of you are trying to achieve and stay on track with, chocolate does not have to be taken out of the equation! Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health.
Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. It is packed with potent and powerful antioxidants and contains various essential nutrients which help you stay healthy and beautiful. Studies show that dark chocolate can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease. They have also shown dark chocolate can slow the growth of cancer cells. Its flavonoids help with cardiovascular disorders and can reduce your risk of strokes. In addition, it also works to keep your blood cholesterol level and blood pressure in check. Better vision is another health benefit offered by this wonderful ingredient.
If you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, then it is actually quite nutritious. It contains a decent amount of soluble fiber and is loaded with minerals. The fatty acid profile of cocoa and dark chocolate is excellent. The fats are mostly saturated and monounsaturated, with small amounts of polyunsaturated. A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains:
- 11 grams of fiber.
- 67% of the RDA for Iron.
- 58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
- 89% of the RDA for Copper.
- 98% of the RDA for Manganese.
- It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
- No matter how wonderful and healthy dark chocolate IS however, it is best consumed in moderation because of the sugar and calorie intake. It contains stimulants like caffeine and theobromine, but it is unlikely to keep you awake at night as the amount of caffeine is very small compared to
Dark Chocolate is also a “skin friendly” ingredient! Here are the facts:
- It hosts a range of potent antioxidants that protect your skin from free radical damage keeping it soft, supple and youthful for a long time.
- It is a skin detoxifier, helping to slough off dead skin cells and allow newly exposed, fresh skin to breathe freely.
- It has sun protection properties which shield your skin against detrimental UV rays, thus preventing conditions like sunburns and skin cancer.
- It can help you achieve a smooth, problem-free complexion by keeping your skin moist and well-nourished.
- It boasts wonderful stress-relieving qualities and works wonders in getting you a glowing skin by reducing elevated stress hormones!
So… don’t’ hold back on your Valentine’s Day chocolates…make smart choices…indulge… enjoy… Life is too short!!!