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A Sweet Truth
Celebrate Valentine's Day with chocolate and a
healthy heart. Studies show that eating moderate amounts of
chocolate can help reduce blood pressure, promote blood flow and
keep your heart healthy.
Chocolate can help your heart, because it
contains large quantities of flavonoids. Flavonoids are elements in
plants that help prevent toxins and repair cellular damage. In the
human body, flavonoids act as antioxidants, helping to protect and
repair the body from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals
are created through normal bodily functions and environmental
In addition to the antioxidants, flavonoids
also produce nitric acid, which can have health benefits. Nitric
acid can reduce blood pressure. It makes blood platelets less
sticky, meaning that they are less able to clot, which lowers blood
pressure and cholesterol.
Of course, just because chocolate can lower
blood pressure and cholesterol doesn't mean that you can go on a
chocolate eating binge and call it healthy. Just remember it helps
in moderate amounts and it is wise to balance the extra calories by
reducing other calories in your diet.
Other than calories, there are a few other
rules to consider to fully reap the benefits of chocolate. One rule
of thumb for chocolate is the darker the better. Dark chocolate
contains the most flavonoids, while milk chocolate contains less
and white chocolate does not contain any flavonoids. Also drinking
milk will reduce the benefits because it prevents the body from
absorbing the antioxidants.
So let yourself have something dark, rich and
chocolaty this Valentine's Day and know that you are doing
something good for your heart.