25 Apr Mmm… Chocolate: Good and Good for You
Let’s hear it for a great excuse to eat more chocolate…as if we needed one. Multiple studies in recent years have pointed to the benefit of flavanols in dark chocolate. These plant micronutrients can help lower high blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, chocolate can raise endorphin levels – which make you feel good – and contains serotonin, which acts an anti-depressant. Never mind that it’s creamy and delicious. Before you stock up, here’s a tip: Choose the good stuff. Many chocolate bars contain a lot of white sugar and hydrogenated oils, which are not good for you. Look instead for dark chocolate cars with a high percentage of cocoa.