Is chocolate what you really want?

What is it that makes most men buy chocolate for their valentines? Is it because they truly believe that the women most dear to them want chocolate? Is it because they really want the chocolate themselves? Or are men giving us chocolate because they really care about our heart health?

Chocolate does have many health benefits, due do the antioxidant power of flavonoids. Among other things, it may…

  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack.
  • Decrease blood pressure.
  • Improve blood flow to the brain and heart.
  • Help lower cholesterol.

Unfortunately, though, a lot of women I know would really prefer to have something else.

Something that they don’t feel guilty about afterward—even though eating a little chocolate shouldn’t make anybody feel guilty. Personally, I feel that if someone enjoys chocolate, they could eat it every day as part of a well balanced diet.

Keep in mind that I am not talking having a chocolate croissant for breakfast, chocolate chip cookies at lunch, and a huge slice of chocolate layer cake at dinner. And I’m not talking about a huge chocolate bar loaded with caramel and marshmallows. I am suggesting two small squares of dark chocolate, plain and simple.

Now, if you want to increase the health benefits of eating chocolate even more, you could try enjoying it with:

  • Nuts – rich in monounsaturated fats, and heart-healthy
  • Strawberries – loaded with vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant, which has been shown to possibly prevent certain cancers
  • A glass of low-fat milk – packed with calcium and vitamin D, which is good for strengthening your bones

Honestly, you should let your valentine know if you want chocolate or not, because unfortunately not everyone—even that sweetie of yours—is a mind reader. Maybe what you really want is flowers, jewelry, or a fabulous dinner. Or in my case, a gift certificate from Lululemon. Better yet, I think every day should be Valentine’s Day, and couples shouldn’t wait until a holiday to express their love. Or eat a little dark chocolate, if they like.