So, it’s the day after Valentine’s Day. Your loving valentine has just gotten you a box of chocolate. Sure, you indulge a little bit on V-Day – but what do you do the day after? You don’t want to scrap the box (it might make your valentine feel bad), but you can’t keep it around (you’re still kicking butt on your New Year’s Resolutions after all) – you’ve reached a predicament.
Ok, so maybe I’m being a little bit dramatic 😉 but for those of you who got chocolate on Valentine’s Day, do not toss that box (unless it’s actually really crappy chocolate then I don’t blame you one bit). Chocolate is not the enemy, and while I’m not saying you should eat the whole box at once, there’s nothing wrong with having a couple pieces for something sweet each night.
So what gives chocolate a little bit of an edge? Well I’ll tell you:
- It contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that can be beneficial to your health
- It can decrease the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (which is when LDL cholesterol is actually “bad”)
- It has the potential to reduce the risk of blood clots, while increasing the blood flow in the arteries and heart
- As a result it may lower high blood pressure
- The fatty acids found in cocoa don’t raise cholesterol, interestingly enough
- It does boost serotonin and endorphine levels – I mean I know I always feel excellent after having a little bit, don’t you?
Now it’s important to take away from this that these are all possible, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will happen for sure. Also, when you’re selecting chocolate you should be eating it as dark as you can to reap the most out of these potential benefits. Flavonoids are found in higher concentrations the darker the chocolate is, so the more benefits you’ll get if you’re eating 70% versus milk chocolate.
Despite the mixed science on the benefits of chocolate, if it’s something that keeps you happy I say go for it. Moderation in all things, am I right? Plus, it would be such a tragic waste to toss out a delectable box of chocolate post-Valentine’s Day!
Have a wonderful week ya’ll.
Source: University of Michigan