The Lover's Holiday is around the corner, and with it come thoughts of food, sex and of course chocolate! The benefits for the latter are numerous, however, the type of chocolate which contains the most bang for your nutritional buck, is dark chocolate and needs to state that on the label it contains 70–85% cocoa, and includes the following:
- Potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium
- Polyphenols, Flavinols (both are antioxidants)
The amount of the nutrients listed above will vary depending on the size of the chocolate you consume. Numerous research studies have indicated that dark chocolate can lower blood pressure, which may be due to the amount of magnesium and potassium that dark chocolate contains. The subjects in the study ate 1 -2 small squares per day to achieve their lowered blood pressure.
Ok--onto to the fun stuff---Dark chocolate has long held the reputation of having aphrodisiac powers, with numerous concoctions being prepared by the early Mayan's to bring forth the prowess of their kings and queens. So, this Valentines Day--go ahead--indulge a bit with some chocolate covered strawberries--the dark version of course! Or some Mayan Dark Chocolate Drink.
If you're running short of time--which most of us are--one of my fav places to source out Venezuelan chocolate is CHUAO Chocolatier (https://chuaochocolatier.com/), which has several locations throughout San Diego, California. Don't live in the area--they do ship--but be quick because February-14th is just around the corner!
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Web accessed 02/11/2019. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/dark-chocolate/