About National Chocolate Day
Chocolate can be dated back around 2,500 years ago to the Aztecs. The Aztecs believed their god of wisdom bestowed chocolate upon them.
Take time today to indulge in delicious chocolate, whether it be milk, dark or white. Snack on your favorite candy bar or bake some brownies. You can even throw a chocolate party with friends! Everyone can bring their favorite chocolate dish and celebrate their sweet tooths together.
Can Chocolate be Healthy?
Can you believe eating chocolate actually has health benefits? Chocolate contains flavonoid compounds that act as antioxidants:
- Reduce free radicals produced by oxygen
- Lower LDL cholesterol
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce platelet aggregation
Eating as little as 7 grams of dark chocolate may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Be careful though, eating too many calories from chocolate may lead to weight gain. Aim for eating 90 to 100 kcal/d of dark chocolate to gain health benefits without gaining weight.