Forget the flowers and pass that Pot of Gold! It’s the much-anticipated and highly celebrated time of year when chocolate lovers (and lovers in general) swoon, lust, and are just plain smitten for any and all forms of the rich and tasty delicacy. We can squash your fears that increased consumption of this sweet treat is bad for your health. The news is in, and it’s good news indeed: chocolate is good for you!
The health benefits come from the flavonoids in the cocoa beans which are antioxidants that fight cell-damaging free radicals in your body. And the resulting advantages are endless - from controlled cholesterol, to lowering blood pressure, reducing risk of blood clots and improving blood flood to your vital organs.
Now of course, not all chocolate is created equal. The best form comes from dark chocolate (often referred to as semi-sweet) since it’s the least processed variety and contains the highest percentage of the heart healthy flavonoid-filled cocoa bean.
Keep in mind, a little goes a long way; a standard chocolate bar is about 100g (3.5 oz), so a good rule of thumb is to eat no more than a third (or 1 oz) of the bar at a time. So Willy Wonka’s of the world rejoice! Chocolate is in fact good for your heart!