4 Health Benefits of Being a Chocolate Lover

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Many studies out there show that dark chocolate is good for more than curing a broken heart.

The secret behind chocolate’s powerful punch is cacao, which is also the source of its  distinct taste. Here are four tips on why dark chocolate is healthy for you:

  1. Dark chocolate is good for your heart: eating less than half an ounce of dark chocolate per day can help lower your blood pressure. That’s  less than two Hershey’s Kisses.
  2. Dark chocolate is good for your brain: it increases blood flow to the brain as well as the heart, so it can improve cognitive function.
  3. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants: antioxidants help free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells.
  4. Dark chocolate is high in vitamins and minerals: these vitamins and minerals such as potassium, copper, magnesium and iron can support your health.

“Beware that you don’t cancel out potential health benefits of dark chocolate and cocoa by eating too many calories or too much saturated fat,” warns Richey. “Addition of caramel, nuts, nougat, etc., can undermine health benefits, no matter how tasty the treat.”

Check out my favorite semi-healthy, sweet treat that satisfies my craving for all things chocolate!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries:
Servings: 12  Size: 1 strawberry Calories: 49
Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. dark semi-sweet chocolate
  • 12 strawberries

Directions:

  • Rinse and completely dry the strawberries.
  • In a medium microwave safe bowl, microwave chocolate on HIGH for 30 seconds. Stirand repeat until all the chocolate is melted. (Do not overheat or the chocolate will become chunky and separated)
  • Dip strawberries and place on waxed paper to cool. You can eat right away refrigerate to give it a hard chocolate coating.
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3 Comments

  • Jemima says:
    This article title is misleading. It should be "4 Health Benefits of Being a Dark Chocolate Lover"
  • Debby says:
    I love chocolate!
  • Kit Hanniagan says:
    I sure didn't know that dark chocolate is can help improve cognitive function. My son is really working hard on his final term paper so it might be a good idea to stock some chocolate in our fridge. Actually, I might keep it stocked with a few bars of dark chocolate because I enjoy them as well. Thanks for this really informative piece!

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