Valentine's Chocolate, Good or Bad?

Valentine ’s Day is upon us and that means many lucky lovers will be getting sweet chocolate from their sweethearts.

Even better you may have heard reports recently that chocolate has many healthy benefits.

Chocolate 'was' considered a guilty pleasure, but in recent years there have been reports that this tasty treat is actually good for us. Can this be nutritionists say chocolate does contain heart healthy flavonols, similar to the antioxidants found in wine and tea.

That happy news has helped push chocolate's popularity lately. But before you start believing that the chocolate from your sweetie is actually health food, here’s a bit of a reality check.

First off those healthy flavonols are only found in dark chocolate.

And most of the time American processing takes them out. And even if you can figure out which chocolate still has the flavonols, the health benefit takes another downward turn when it's turned into dessert, and things like butter and sugar are added.

So those Valentine’s Day candies probably aren't so good for you after all.


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