The Dark Side of Chocolate
As I mentioned during February’s Monthly Meditation, Valentine’s Day has never really been my thing; however, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some lessons we can learn from all the lovey-dovey-ooey-gooiness spewing out this month.
The benefits of dark chocolate, specifically how some studies suggest:
- Dark chocolate can help lower your blood pressure.
- The antioxidants within dark chocolate can help fight off free radicals, which are connected to health ailments like heart disease.
- Dark chocolate can help boost serotonin and endorphins.
Some sources believe the copper, zinc, and iron in dark chocolate can promote cell growth, which in turn helps your hair and skin!
Keep in mind, not all dark chocolate is equal. The higher the cacao percentage, the better. If you’re not sure where to start — and you’re new to dark chocolate — try 72%.
So, what are you asking your siggie other for Valentine’s Day this year? Better yet, what are you getting yourself!
Sparks, A. (2014). The Dark Side of Chocolate. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 21, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/your-mind/2014/02/the-dark-side-of-chocolate/