The next time you reach for chocolate or if you’re buying for a Valentines Day Sweetheart you may want to select a particular type of chocolate that may have some health benefits.

Dark Chocolate,  has some anti-oxidant properties. These properties can be beneficial to the heart, protecting the heart and arteries from oxidative damage. The chocolate in milk chocolate or white chocolate does not have the benefits shown in study participants who consumed dark chocolate. Studies from researchers in Scotland and Italy as well as others at the University of Cologne in Germany have found that darker chocolate could also lower blood pressure.

chocolate-may-be-good-for-you Unfortunately for all of us chocolate lovers, that doesn’t mean we can buy an entire bar or box of the dark chocolates and eat too much. The potential benefits of having dark chocolate are outweighed if you eat more than one serving a day, which could add too many potential calories and fat to your diet. So moderation is key!

According to Mauro Serafini, Ph.D., one of the researchers in Rome, Italy, dark chocolate alone, and not consumed with milk and not milk chocolate, has the best antioxidant qualities. 

“Our findings indicate that milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate … and may therefore negate the potential health benefits that can be derived from eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate."

So the next time you are craving chocolate and don’t want to feel guilty, simply choose the dark chocolate version over the milk or white chocolate selections. 

And Enjoy your Valentines Day!