Take the guilt out of Valentine’s Day chocolate by opting for dark chocolate over milk chocolate or white chocolate.

Research has shown that dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure. It may lower cholesterol, prevent blood clots from forming and improve blood circulation as well. This is partly because darker chocolate has more solid cocoa in it, which is high in antioxidants and compounds that reduce inflammation.

Of course, this doesn’t give you the green light to go on an all-chocolate diet. Moderation is still important. For chocolate, a moderate portion is about 1 ounce, and you should only have a few portions a week.

So this Valentine’s Day go for dark chocolate. Your heart, and your sweetheart, will thank you.

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