It may be the done thing, and one may just follow decades of tradition, to gift something sweet to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, but if it is the right kind of chocolate, then it could actually be good for you!
Here is why chocolate could be good for you and your Valentine, this February 14th –
- Eating dark chocolate in moderation is known to reduce the risk of heart failure. It is the high density cocoa content that was seen to help reduce this risk.
- Just one serving of chocolate a week has been seen to be associated with lowering stroke risk as well.
- Chocolate is a natural antioxidant and helps to increase the supply of blood that reaches the brain.
- Chocolate is also thought to help reduce high blood pressure; some studies have gone so far as to suggest that chocolate could be as effective as medications in lowering blood pressure!
- Reducing stress is another possible benefit of eating chocolate – just one and a half ounces of dark chocolate can help lower levels of stress hormones.
- Chocolate doesn’t just have to be good for you, if you buy fair trade chocolate you can help others too.
- In addition, chocolate is also thought to help manage pain, acting as a natural pain killer!