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Healthy Valentine's Day Treats

(U.S. News & World Report) In addition to its rich, addictive flavor, there’s plenty of reason to love chocolate – specifically the dark stuff. Milk chocolate has some benefits too, but they’re watered down by the addition of milk and cream. White chocolate has none of the health benefits of its darker cousins, so enjoy it in wee amounts. As for dark chocolate, it’s rich in heart-protective flavanols, which have been shown to help lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease. Chocolate may also help keep your skin hydrated and your brain sharp.
Chocolate contains the bone-building minerals magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and phosphorus. And while chocolate does contain some saturated fat, it’s mainly stearic acid, and unlike most saturated fats, that type does not increase cholesterol levels.
Read more, including a recipe for Nutty Chocolate Bark.
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