My Mother has had a lifelong love affair with chocolate. As a little kid I can remember chocolate bunnies, chocolate kisses, chocolate cake, chocolate milk shakes on Sunday night, hot chocolate, and chocolate brownies with fudge frosting. Chocolate is even considered an appropriate gift in my family from stocking stuffers to congratulations on your new baby and hereʼs a box of chocolate! Just this last year, our Christmas Brunch menu had white chocolate raspberry cheese cake. I think we had it at Thanksgiving as well. Chocolate also seems to be the perfect accompaniment for the movies, long car trips, reading and card games. So, imagine my joy (and my Mother’s) when more and more experts were proclaiming the benefits of chocolate. Oh, happy day! In order to spread the joy of chocolate I thought I would write about the good things chocolate does. The next time you bite into your favorite Dark (yes, dark is better) chocolate confection-don’t feel guilty. Just think of it as really good tasting salad. So, without delay here are some of the healthy facts about chocolate.

In the Huffington Post, John Robbins, author of The New Good Life: Living Better Than

Ever in an Age of Less, says that “there is in fact a growing body of credible scientific evidence that chocolate contains a host of heart-healthy and mood-enhancing phytochemicals, with benefits to both body and mind.” Chocolate contains antioxidants called polyphenols that are also found in red wine and green tea. Red wine goes very well with dark chocolate and it seems to also go very well in preventing heart disease. Polyphenols tend to slow down the oxidation of LDL cholesterol thus keeping your arteries running smoothly.

More good news…. chocolate helps to lower blood pressure, thin the blood, and have

mood enhancing benefits. It seems that one half ounce a day of dark chocolate will do

the trick. Stick to dark chocolate and stay away from milk chocolate with all the

additional sugar and fat.

All this chocolate information has to do with individual family plan insurance and senior health because why? If your blood pressure is lower and your cholesterol is lower your health insurance premiums will be lower. Lower health premiums along with chocolate will make you happier!