Some things are worth repeating. Forrest Gump’s mama said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” But we do know one thing – chocolate can be good for us.
Chocolate is still a high-fat treat and best consumed judiciously. However, nature in its wisdom, rewards our desire for this heavenly delight by delivering healthy antioxidants, in some cases more than red wine, blueberries or black tea. The darker the better.
So what’s the magic in dark chocolate? The plant phenols, or cocoa phenols, are highest in dark chocolate and provide the most benefit to our blood vessels, which in turn lowers our blood pressure. We know this because in 2006, researchers at a American Society of Hypertension Annual Scientific Meeting in New York, reported that consuming dark chocolate and cocoa improves the function of blood vessels.
So with Valentines Day just around the corner, go ahead and ask for chocolate. Savor each piece mindfully, because you’re worth it!
Source – WebMD