Have some extra Valentine’s Day chocolate? Go ahead and enjoy as studies continue to suggest that cocoa provides a range of health benefits.
A range of other research has found that chocolate might improve insulin sensitivity, decrease blood pressure, inhibit dental caries, and modulate the immune system. [4,5]
So drop a hint to someone special that you are craving a simple dark chocolate treat this Valentine’s Day, and dig in!
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3. Franco, R., Onatibia-Astibia, A., & Martinez-Pinilla, E. (2013). Health Benefits of Methylxanthines in Cacao and Chocolate.Nutrients,5(10),4159-4173. doi:10.3390/nu5104159
4. Grassi, D., Desideri, G., Lippi, C., Necozione, S., & Ferri, C. (2005). Oral Glucose Load Acutely Impairs Endothelial Function and Arterial Stiffness in Healthy Subjects: An Effect Prevented by Short-Term Administration of Flavanol-Rich Dark Chocolate. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 14(3), 145-196. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
5. KELISHADI, R.. CACAO TO COCOA TO CHOCOLATE: HEALTHY FOOD?. ARYA Atherosclerosis, North America, 1, dec. 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2017