Treat Your Date To Some Dark Chocolate This Valentine’s Day
Chocolate and flowers are a staple of any good Valentine’s Day. The good news is that you can stay healthy and still enjoy chocolate so long as you go dark. Dark chocolate contains a number of unique phytonutrients that are not present in milk or white chocolate. In this article I will be discussing why dark chocolate is the better Valentine’s Day choice by taking a detailed look at the phytonutrients it contains.
Catechin can be sourced from dark chocolate and has a number of impressive health boosting properties. It minimizes allergies, protects your body’s cells from harmful free radicals and even prevents cancer. Catechin can also treat hepatitis and may be able to treat mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Epicatechin is another powerful phytonutrient that can be found in dark chocolate. It keeps your body’s cells safe from dangerous free radicals, boosts your heart health and lowers blood glucose levels. An observational study of the Kuna Indians suggests that epicatechin may also be able to do prevent cancer, heart failure and strokes. However, much more evidence is needed before these observations can be applied to the wider population.
Like catechin and epicatechin, gallocatechol can protect against dangerous free radicals in the body. Early evidence suggests that it may also boost the immune system, relieve the pain associated with arthritis, protect against cancer, reduce your heart disease risk and keep your cholesterol levels under control.
Resveratrol is yet another health boosting phytonutrient that can be sourced from dark chocolate. There is very little research available on the exact impact it has on human health. However, the early studies on resveratrol have received a huge amount of publicity and indicate that it may be able to reduce painful inflammation, protect against harmful toxins within the body and promote healthy blood flow. In addition to this, it may be able to reduce your risk of contracting a number of chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Finally, resveratrol may be able to protect your kidneys, your liver and your skin cells from damage.
Summary & Serving Suggestions
If you are going to eat chocolate this Valentine’s Day then go dark and fill up on all these phytonutrients. If you are not a fan of plain dark chocolate try some of these serving suggestions:
Fruit & Melted Dark Chocolate:- Melt some dark chocolate in a pan, pick you and your date’s favorite fruit and then take turns dipping and feeding portions to each other for a romantic Valentine’s Day snack.
Dark Chocolate Bombs:- Melt some dark chocolate in a pan, take a big scoop of your favorite ice cream and then apply a coating of the melted dark chocolate. Place the coated ice cream on a tray and freeze for about one hour until the chocolate becomes hard to create a dark chocolate bomb that you and your date can enjoy.