5 Legitimate Health Benefits You'll Reap From Eating Chocolate
As if we needed one more reason to love chocolate. According to Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN, chef at the Institute of Culinary Education, this treat has health benefits, like antioxidants and amino acids, that—when consumed in moderation—help protect your cardiovascular system, reduce inflammation, and more.
And what good timing, seeing as Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Read on to find what you'll reap from your favorite chocolate desserts, like chocolate-covered strawberries, hot chocolate bombs, truffles, and Flourless Spiced Hot Chocolate Cake (yes, please). And a quick word to the wise: Try to avoid going overboard on the sugary stuff, because that'll counteract any of cacao's health-promoting properties.
Just remember: These findings aren't an Rx to OD on chocolate. While the compounds found in cocoa may provide some powerful health benefits, there are a number of more nutritious whole foods that offer significantly greater antioxidant, heart health, and blood sugar regulating benefits with a lot less sugar.
Still, chocolate sparks serious joy, which certainly counts for something.