Have you ever met someone who can say no to chocolate? Probably not.
You can find it in any store or shop, and there are endless options. We all have our go-to favorite kind. Luckily for all chocolate lovers, February is a time when we can all give in to our indulgences and not feel bad about eating a little extra dark chocolate.
Although we all have our preferences, dark chocolate tends to get the most credit for its health benefits, as it contains more cacao, less sugar, and less fat. The catch is that it has to be at least 70% cacao!
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Antioxidants: They go throughout your body and have the potential to stop free radicals (these are typically viewed as harmful to the body). Dark chocolate with higher percentages of cocoa have higher levels of antioxidants.
Nutrients: Believe it or not, there's a decent amount of minerals and nutrients in dark chocolate. For example, you can find fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, and potassium.
Heart Health: This goes somewhat hand-in-hand with the antioxidants and nutrients. The more of these two things, the more positive effects on your heart.
Mood Boost: You don't just feel good because you're eating something delicious! The Journal of Nutrition Review published a study that found eating dark chocolate which is 70% had positive effects on memory, cognition, and mood.
With all this good news, I'm sure you can find an excuse to indulge a little more this month (I know I can!). However, it's important to remember that everything is "good for you" in moderation.