It is Valentine’s Day and you have just come downstairs to an enormous box of chocolates from your sweetie on the table. You want to rip open the box and eat them all because they look so delicious, but you pick at them one at a time so that you don’t gain weight. Little do you know, some of those chocolates may actually be good for yourself. Dr. Oz explains a few of the chocolates that are good and some of the ones that are bad for you.
All chocolate naturally has antioxidants in it called flavonoids. There are two different types of flavonoids called epicatechins and flavanols that are especially found in chocolate. These two flavonoids can help to reduce your risk of stroke or a heart attack by helping your blood to flow and reducing your blood pressure. Chocolate has also been known to help block UV rays that can harm the skin and cause wrinkles.
Here are the different types of chocolate you should be having and tips for its full potential:
– Dark chocolate should be at least 70% cacao. This is the kind with the most potent flavonoids that will actually make a difference in your health.
– Do not buy milk chocolate. It is loaded with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients that will give you the opposite effect of hat you are looking for. The flavonoid content in milk chocolate is extremely low.
– For hot cocoa take some powdered cocoa and add skim milk. This will help to reduce the calories and gives you the benefit of the flavonoids.
– Limit yourself to one ounce of chocolate a day. You can have it as a small dessert after dinner or lunch, or you can even have it for breakfast.