When February rolls around, no matter if your single, have a severe case of puppy love, or happily settled down, everyone can agree, there isn’t a better time of year to indulge in your chocolate cravings. Here are some facts that will help everyone’s favorite treat feel guilt-free:
- Eating a small amount of chocolate before a meal can help decrease your appetite and help maintain a balanced weight.
- One ounce of baking chocolate or cocoa can contain 10% of the recommended daily intake of iron.
- If you catch yourself feeling down as the 14th rolls around, don’t hold back on your chocolate intake – chocolate can have the same effects as a mild anti-deppressent by increasing serotonin & endorphin levels in the brain, and also discharges the same chemical that’s produced when you first start falling in love. Say hello to the perfect boyfriend!
- Ever hear that chocolate causes or aggravates acne? So not true – chocolate has been proven to do wonders for your skin. Its antioxidant properties found in cocoa can help smooth wrinkles and fine-lines, while cocoa butter has been shown to be extremely rejuvenating or the skin.
- Preliminary research at West Virginia’s Wheeling Jesuit University suggest the increased blood flow to your brain after consuming chocolate helps boost memory, and increases attention span and problem solving skills.
- German researchers found that the flavonoids found in chocolate, which absorbs UV light, can help protect and increase blood flow to the skin, improving its natural appearance when consumed.
How will you be getting your chocolate fix this February?