Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Now this is love

Who needs a six-foot Teddy Bear or baby doll jammies for V-Day when you can have chocolate and wine?

Many Valentine's Day indulgences have amazing health benefits, according to Kim Sasso, RD, at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care.

Dark Chocolate--This contains antioxidants called flavanols, which help lower BP, reduce blood clotting, and lower bad cholesterol.

Look for 70% or more cocoa content.

For more flavanol punch, add a strawberry--an excellent source of Vit C, folic acid, manganese, and potassium. Berries also contain a flavinoid that reduces against heart disease, cancer, and inflammation.

Scientists still like red wine, too--it may reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45% and they still think it's heart friendly.

Just be careful of serving size--a goodness-coated strawberry or two, a glass or two of the vino, a kiss...ah.

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