When it comes to chocolate consumption, Valentine’s Day is just like Halloween; except you get roses and stuffed animals instead of spider webs and monsters, a much better alternative if you ask me. And though many of us don’t want to make it a habit of eating chocolate every day, especially with those new diets you may have just started, daily chocolate consumption may not be that bad for you. Actually, eating dark chocolate every day may provide you with health benefits that could improve your heart!
Now, before you run over to Walgreens™ and load up on Valentine’s Day chocolate boxes, let’s differentiate between good, healthy chocolate and bad, unhealthy chocolate. I probably don’t need to tell you this, but a majority of the chocolate you find at the checkout line of a convenience store is not healthy chocolate. A typical Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar contains 220 calories and 24 grams of sugar while their Dark Chocolate Kisses contain 190 calories per serving and 22 grams of sugar! Plus, many mass produced chocolate products also contain artificial ingredients and preservatives needed to extend their shelf life; while making them unhealthier for the consumer. Additionally, any potential health benefits you would be receiving from store-bought dark chocolate will only be offset by the addition of the unhealthy ingredients.
So, in order to actually obtain the health benefits of dark chocolate, quality is essential. Youngevity offers some of the best, nutrient-rich dark chocolate, without any of the harmful ingredients found in store-bought chocolate. Youngevity’s Triple Treat™ Chocolate not only contains antioxidant-rich, dark chocolate, but it is also made with antioxidant blueberries and probiotics for an additional boost in nutrients. Plus, Youngevity also offers a Triple Truffle™ Chocolate and a Triple Treat™ Peanut Butter Truffle both made with antioxidant-rich, premium dark chocolate.
Now that you have access to some of the best dark chocolate, The Huffington Post gives you even more reasons, 9 to be exact, to add more dark chocolate to your diet. Check out the 9 Reasons You Should Eat Dark Chocolate Every Single Day:
- Dark chocolate actually might make you happy due to its tryptophan, which is used by the brain to make serotonin.
- Dark chocolate contains a solid amount of soluble fiber to support digestive health.
- Dark chocolate might be good for your brain. A long study found that those who consumed chocolate frequently performed better on brain-powered tests.
- It’s good for your heart and may lower risk for cardiovascular disease.
- Pregnant women who ate dark chocolate during pregnancies had happier, less fussy babies.
- It contains flavonoids; plant-based antioxidants that support healthy blood pressure and cholesterol and the health of your blood vessels.
- The antioxidants in dark chocolate may also help protect your skin.
- It’s a natural stress reliever; found to lower levels of stress hormones.
- Kids don’t like the taste of it so more for you!
This Valentine’s Day, or really any day, make sure you’re giving your loved ones delicious, premium dark chocolate to satisfy any chocolate lover! My personal favorite chocolate to get on Valentine’s Day is anything with peanut butter in the center; I’d suggest trying Youngevity’s Triple Treat™ Peanut Butter Truffles which also happen to be heart-shaped. Remember, not all chocolate is created equal, so choose one that’s high in antioxidants and low in artificial ingredients!
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!