Is Chocolate Healthy?

You just pigged out on Christmas cookies, fudge, and candy. New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and you’ve got your eyes on resolutions like losing weight, exercising more and eating healthier. So is it time to toss the leftover Christmas candy or are some of those goodies salvageable in the New Year? Good news! Chocolate can be part of your new, healthier diet.

Here’s why:

  • The average serving of dark chocolate has 11g of fiber

 

  • Dark chocolate can increase artery flexibility by preventing white blood cells from sticking to blood vessels.

 

  • Studies show chocolate consumption reduces the risk of stroke by 17% in its male participants.

 

  • Dark chocolate is chock full of healthy minerals: potassium, zinc, selenium and iron.

 

  • Cocoa, an ingredient in chocolate, helps reduce levels of bad cholesterol and raises levels of good cholesterol.

 

  • And the best news of all: chocolate can help you lose weight. Half an hour before eating a meal, place a small square of chocolate on your tongue and let it melt. This will trigger a release of hormones making you feel fuller. When you feel fuller, you eat less food at your meal.

Chocolate really can fix everything. Here’s to a healthier, chocolatier 2017!

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