To me, chocolate isn’t a romantic Valentine’s Day gift. Once I have a box of chocolates, all I really want is to be left alone with them (I’m only partly kidding.) However, just because I don’t find it romantic, doesn’t mean it isn’t appreciated.
Whether we eat chocolate on our own or with others, the question we all want an answer to is this: Is there a valid reason to keep eating chocolate other than the fact that it tastes wonderful?
Maybe. I wish I could be more specific but, the truth is, we just don’t know.
Flavonoids are a component of chocolate that may cause health benefits, such as reduced risk of heart disease. The science isn’t strong enough to know if the benefit actually exists, or how much flavonoid you’d need to eat to get that benefit.
Dark chocolate is the type of chocolate highest in flavonoids; the darker the chocolate, the higher the flavonoid content. Some food sources of flavonoids include: berries, grapes, tea, citrus fruits and juices and soy foods.
What we do know is that chocolate can fit into a healthy, balanced diet. Taking pleasure in what you eat is important. Dark chocolate would be the best chocolate choice because of its higher flavonoid content, but also because it’s lower in fat and sugar than milk chocolate. White chocolate technically isn’t chocolate at all, and contains no flavonoids.
Forrest Gump once said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” I guess the boxes didn’t come with the little chocolate maps like they do now. Who wants to waste their time on those awful fruit cream filled chocolates? Blech! Happy Valentine’s Day.