Valentine Chocolates Not Yet Toothed In Truth Are Considered "Health Food"

Are you a chocoholic? Turns out your addiction may save your life. A recent study found that those consuming the highest levels of chocolate had a 37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29 percent reduction in stroke compared to those with lower chocolate intakes.

No greater recommendation than Prevention magazine has printed this beneficent news for chocolate lovers who dwell beneath a long-held suspicion that chocolate is bad for good health.

Chocolate may help you with math. Flavonols, compounds in chocolates with antioxidant-like properties, are thought to improve circulation, including blood flow to the brain.
Chocolate fills you up. Moms are brought up to tell their kinder no food now -- it will spoil your appetite for dinner. Turns out they were right. In a test, those who consumed dark chocolate and two hours later were offered pizza, the ones with chocolate smiles ate 15 percent fewer calories than those who had milk chocolate, and they were less interested in fatty, salty and sugary foods.
Chocolate makes you feel better. It contains (an unpronounceable) phenylalanine, which triggers the release of endorphins. This reaction is similar to the one that people experience when they fall in love.

Chocolate helps you relax. Reach for a Hershey bar when you're stressed? There's a biological reason for that. Studies show that chocolate contains the compound anandamide that activates the same brain receptors as marijuana. No wonder a bite brings on bliss.

Chocolate may help you live longer. Almost a full year longer than those who abstain from the sweet stuff. Another study showed that heart attack survivors who ate chocolate were less likely to die than those who went without.

Stick to a one-ounce serving to get your fix without wrecking your waistline.