Are you trying to think of the best type of chocolates to buy for your sweetheart for a Valentine’s Day gift? Are you wondering if sweets are even acceptable anymore? Most people today are trying to avoid the calories and sugar found in candies because they are concerned about their health. So, it’s a good idea, if your girlfriend likes chocolates, to look for the kind of chocolates that won’t be harmful to her health.
All chocolates are made from healthy cocoa beans, but after the beans have been processed and milk and sugars have been added to create milk chocolates, few of the original health benefits remain. On the other hand, dark chocolates have less sugar added and retain a higher percentage of the cocoa beans. Consequently more health benefits are derived from eating dark chocolate.
Instead of buying the sweet milk chocolates, look for chocolates with a high percentage of cocoa. Seventy percent or more cocoa content will provide the most health benefits. However, the higher the cocoa content, the less sweet the chocolates will be. So, it’s best to try to find a compromise between the highest possible cocoa content (95%) which has a bittersweet flavor and the most health benefits, and a lower cocoa content like 70% which has more of a semi-sweet flavor and a slightly lower nutritional value.
The more cocoa content, the higher the chocolates are high in an antioxidant known as flavonoids. Free radicals can cause premature aging to both men and women, but antioxidants can help to protect the body from the damage caused by free radicals. In addition, flavonoids may help to relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure as well as balance hormones in our body. Dark chocolate is now actually considered to be a healthy food by the medical establishment. Of course, even healthy chocolates should be eaten in moderation, because they also contain calories that must be taken into consideration by anyone concerned about their weight.
Some people can’t stand dark chocolates because they aren’t sweet enough for their taste; while others just love them because they don’t like sweet foods anyway. It would be best to learn your girlfriend’s taste preferences before deciding to buy her something that’s good for her health, but which she may not enjoy at all!
If you want to give the best Valentine’s Day gift to your sweetheart, make sure she likes dark chocolates before trying to show her that you love her enough to care about her health. She may not be as concerned as you are!