Healthy options for Valentine’s chocolate

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, and for many, that means sharing chocolate with the people we love.  The good news is this treat also can have some health benefits for your Valentine! Sara Browning, a dietitian at Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital showed us how to choose chocolates to boost your Valentine’s health.

According to Browning, when choosing your chocolate, dark chocolate is always best. “It has three times more polyphenols and flavonoids than milk chocolate, which means three times the benefits without all the sugar, says Sara. “Research suggests the flavonoids in chocolate may be beneficial in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and all-over inflammation.”

Like any sweet, chocolate is generally high in sugar and calories, so it’s important to enjoy your dark chocolate in moderation, says Browning.  Overconsumption can lead to weight gain, outweighing the benefits. Eating a small amount of dark chocolate 1-2 times a week would be considered moderate.

For more information on healthy eating, visit intermountainhealthcare.org.

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