If You Really Want To Win Someone’s Heart, Give Dark Chocolate This Valentine’s Day

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If You Really Want To Win Someone’s Heart, Give Dark Chocolate This Valentine’s Day


Milk chocolate, with its velvety mouth-feel and intense sweetness, may be irresistible, but dark chocolate can provide far more health benefits for your sweetheart’s heart health.

Look for dark chocolate that contains at least 65 percent cacao, the pure form of raw chocolate packed with flavonoids and antioxidants. These compounds can repair damaged cells, lower blood pressure and protect against heart disease.

Milk chocolate has smaller amounts of those beneficial compounds and is made with more sugar and added fats than dark chocolate. The presence of milk also has been shown to weaken the potency of chocolate’s antioxidants.

But what if dark chocolate isn’t your sweetheart’s favorite?

Fret not—you can can still give them an indulgent and healthy treat for Valentine’s Day, suggests Kristen Gradney, director of nutrition and metabolic services at Our Lady of the Lake. If your sweetie enjoys a particular treat, such as peanut butter cups or chocolate covered peanuts, simply choose varieties made with dark chocolate.

“You can still have that chocolatey goodness,” Gradney says. “Just remember that moderation is key.”

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