Rich, dark, delicious and luxurious -- what woman (or man) wouldn’t want that in their life every day?
Chocolate may seem like the devil when it comes to a diet, especially around the holidays, but it’s good for you in more ways than previously thought so forget the D word and read on.
In research compiled through scientists at the University of Cambridge recently, the heart-healthy benefits of certain chocolates may be even more legitimate than ever. The studies involved more than 100,000 subjects and included data from at least a half dozen complex experiments.
They found that consuming chocolate was linked to lower rates of stroke, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular conditions, to name a few.
However, before you go raiding a candy store, not all chocolate is created equal.
Since cocoa is from plants, it indeed contains some of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These come mainly from the flavonoids, which work as super antioxidants in our bodies, protecting us from free radicals, which can cause aging and even heart disease.
Dark chocolate contains nearly 8 times the amount of antioxidants found in strawberries but when we add copious amounts of milk, sugar, nougat, and other wacky preservatives its of course crappy for us and should absolutely be avoided.
Here are some brands that we love that are lower in those naughty additives and high on all the nice stuff. Feel free to add them to your wish list this year and enjoy the indulgence.