Valentines – chocolate covered strawberries
The dieting world has made many feel like if they eat any treats or any chocolate, they have failed at their diet and shame on them. This is wrong and leads to a bad relationship with food.
What if the dieting world instead said… eat the treat and enjoy it. There is a time for treats!
What if they said, dark chocolate is actually healthy for you and something you should eat and enjoy.
Look at some of these health benefits:
❤️A study compared several well known superfoods and dark chocolate had equivalent or significantly greater antioxidant, polyphenols and flavonol values compared to the other fruit like blueberries, cranberries and acai. (1)
❤️It contains an abundance of antioxidants that enter the blood stream and are preventative against oxidative damage. (2)
❤️Dark chocolate has been shown to reduce blood pressure levels (3)
❤️The flavonols in dark chocolate can increase blood flow to the brain. This can help with cognitive function. (4)
❤️Cacao contains stearic acid, which your liver can convert to a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid. Oleic acid lowers levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol and boosts levels of good (HDL) cholesterol. (5)