Chocolate Hearts … Good for Your Heart

dark chocolate

Look for dark chocolate with a high cocoa content of 70% to 100% for best health benefits.

I love chocolate. There’s nothing more satisfying than sitting down on a cold winter’s day with a cup of hot tea and some chocolate (preferably no kids around, making demands…sorry, I love my kids but this is me time). But the big problem with milk chocolate is…you can’t stop after just a little bit. It’s like one bite makes you want, no eat, even more. (Why I’ve had a hard time resisting the chocolates in my kids’ Halloween bins — and Christmas stockings.) Enter dark chocolate—and particularly these dark chocolates from Enjou Chocolates.*

 

dark chocolate hearts

Each of these hearts has 44 calories and loads of good-for-you antioxidants.

These have 72% cocoa content, which is what you want to look for in dark chocolate. (A cocoa content of 70% to 100% is ideal.) This dark chocolate has more fiber, more minerals (like calcium and iron), and more good-for-you antioxidants. It’s also been shown in studies to help improve risk factors for heart disease, helping to decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol—due to the powerful antioxidants it contains. But the best thing about these dark chocolate hearts: I can sit down and eat just two of them—and not crave any more. At 88 calories for two, this is a snack me—and my heart—have come to love.

* Products have been purchased by me. No products have been accepted for free or at a discount to write this piece.

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Valerie LatonaAbout Valerie Latona
As the former editor in chief of Shape (the active lifestyle magazine) for 5 years, I personally spoke with a lot of women (thousands over the years, from around the nation) and what I found is this: it's not easy to stay healthy, to get (and stay) fit, and to stem the weight gain tide (and even the tide of disease) that inevitably happens to us as we get older.