Sure, if you eat dark chocolate! According to ABC News, today could be the healthiest Valentine's Day on record with more Americans than ever reaching for dark chocolate over milk chocolate. The health benefits of cocoa are winning people over to the dark side with more and more of the population ages 18-44 choosing dark chocolate to help them lower blood pressure and combat bad cholesterol. As public awareness increases, companies are taking note and marketing products that were traditionally only made with milk chocolate, like Snickers, Kit-Kat and even Krispy Kreme doughnuts!
Not only does dark chocolate taste good, the medical proof it is good for you is promising. One study linked high chocolate consumption with a 37 % reduction in cardiovascular disease risk, a 31% reduction in diabetes risk and 29% reduction in stroke risk. Another study identified positive effects from a daily consumption of 400-600 mg of cocoa flavonoids - about 10 chocolate bars a day. However, given the data, scientists have concluded there are some benefits, though smaller, for just one bar a day.
The limited evidence of cocoa's health benefits is not affecting sales, however. Dark chocolate consumption is on an undeniable upward trend. Even kids, who typically have a sweeter palate than adults, are choosing dark over milk. So, celebrate Valentine's Day, eat your dark chocolate and be healthy!