An Ounce of Chocolate a Day……

Toni Lynn Davis, MHA, CNHA, FACHCA
CEO/President Green Hill Inc.

I love this time of year when chocolate becomes the topic of conversation on the news, in the office and on cooking shows. Valentine’s Day while historically a holiday about love seems to have become a holiday about the cacao bean and the thousands of ways to enjoy it. But the fact that studies now say that chocolate is good for you is what brings Valentine love to my heart.

Yes, chocolate is good for you, physically, emotionally and psychologically, and it can help you loose weight! Eat an ounce of organic dark chocolate a day for your health, your love life and your waistline.

1. Dark chocolate has the highest satiety value and less fat. It is full of monounsaturated fatty acids, known to boost metabolism and curb hunger.

2. The chocolate bean has the chemical phenylethylamine that is know as the ‘love-drug’ and can create a sense of euphoria.

3. Chocolate contains serotonin that acts like an antidepressant.

4. Chocolate is also full of anti-oxidants called flavonoids equal or higher than some super-foods like acai berry, blueberries, cranberries and pomegranate. Flavoinoids boost brainpower, increase arterial blood flow, prevent clotting and promote a health heart and lowers blood pressure.

Enjoy your dark covered chocolate blueberries today. Boost the protein and nutritional value with a handful of chocolate covered almonds. Remember everything in moderation but an ounce of dark chocolate a day may keep the doctor away and invite Cupid in for a nice visit.