Dark Chocolate: Good for Your Health!

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Welcome to Claire's

By Claire Criscuolo

Published 2014

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When you think of Valentine’s Day, of course you think of chocolate. In my household on Valentine’s Day, I always say to my honey, “Make sure you eat your fruits and vegetables— and your dark chocolate, too.”
No, you’re not dreaming; eating a little piece of dark chocolate each day fits into a diet for good health. Researchers have determined that cocoa beans contain the same antioxidants—plant phenols called flavonoids—that are found in red wine, the other “can you believe I’m drinking this for my health?” discovery. These compounds found in plants help to lower blood pressure, and scientists say the darker the chocolate, the better. Now, this information does not give us the license to eat a bar at a time, and certainly not instead of a diet that consists mainly of fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains, along with low-fat dairy, fish, and lean meats. Rather, you might want to include a 1.5-ounce piece of dark chocolate along with your healthful diet.