Why You Should Eat More Chocolate!

 

Why You Should Eat More Chocolate!


 


Why You Should Eat More Chocolate!


 


Chocolate our old time favorite comfort food and mood enhancer becomes the star of romance around Valentine’s day.


Rather than trying to resist chocolate, you can safely go for healthier versions that will satisfy your craving and leave you reaping its health benefits.


Chocolate, good quality chocolate, contains biologically active compounds that have an antioxidant effect on the body. It contains plant sterols and cocoa flavanols that lower cholesterol levels making it good for the heart and improving blood pressure. It is rich in minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium and iron. It supports cognitive function, is good for the skin and reduces stress.


 


Which chocolate should you go for?


Commercial chocolates have a high calorie count, containing large amounts of white sugar and additives that will leave you overweight, cause tooth decay and are detrimental to your health long-term. If these are what you are consuming, set a limit on your consumption and go for dark chocolate, cocoa powder 70% or more, or raw cocoa.


I prepared some of my favorite chocolate recipes for you this week. You can shape them or pack them in pretty colorful jars, paper, boxes, ribbon and your eyes will feast on them as much as your taste buds will.


 


Happy healthy Valentine’s Day


 


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