Dark Chocolate Love
I know that many people view Valentine’s Day as a fake holiday, cooked up to sell more cards, jewelry and treats but I like to view Valentine’s as an opportunity to nourish my body with yummy, healthy dark chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, dark chocolate has a regular place in my life but around Valentine’s, I tend to eat a little more. I don’t feel guilty about including dark chocolate with 70 %, or higher cocoa levels in my life because it has many proven health benefits.
- Protects Your Teeth: Cocoa bean husks have antibacterial compounds that decrease the formation of plaque.
- Good for the heart: Cocoa has many antioxidants that help fight chronic vascular inflammation, making the blood flow better throughout the body.
- Lowers cholesterol: Cocoa butter converts to oleic acid in the liver. Oleic acid has been shown to lower LDL (the bad cholesterol).
- Improve your Workout: Two of the antioxidants in chocolate actually increase your muscle’s absorption of nutrients that create energy, helping you to feel more energized to work out.
- Decrease soreness: Pop a few thumb size pieces of dark chocolate in your mouth after working out to reduce your perception of soreness.
With all these amazing health benefits, how are you going to
incorporate chocolate into your life?