8 reasons why you can eat all the chocolate you want on Valentine's Day

Georgia Gay, Staff Writer

 

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” Charles M. Schulz

 

 Photo courtesy of Anna Claire Holland, freshman. 

Photo courtesy of Anna Claire Holland, freshman. 

1. Lowers Blood Pressure

There is no need to stress about being alone on Valentine’s Day or what to get your significant other because the decadently rich chocolate is here to save the day. Chocolate has been proven to lower blood pressure, whether it be regular or dark chocolate. It’s all a matter of proportions.

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2. Reduces Stroke Risk

No need to panic. Chocolate has got you covered. Women who eat 45 grams of chocolate a week reduce their chances of stroke by 20 percent compared to those who only eat fewer than nine grams. So don’t feel bad about eating that extra chocolate. You know you want to.

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3. Rich in Fiber

For all of you dark chocolate lovers, there are several benefits of eating this indulgent treat. It will actually keep you feeling full because it is rich in fiber. So if the wallet isn’t feeling too rich, at least your chocolate is.

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4. Good for Skin

That’s right folks. You heard correctly. Chocolate can be good for the skin, especially dark chocolate. The antioxidants found in dark chocolate help to protect your skin from UV damage so no need to worry about your complexion. Chocolate will help keep your skin looking radiant.

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5. Boosts Mood

Those who may be spending Valentine’s Day alone or stressing about how to spend it with your loved one can run into some serious stress. Your mood is all over the place and a sense of panic overwhelms you. No need to fear, chocolate is here. Indulge your sweet tooth and feel serene as you give into the chocolate goodness.

Chocolate is the best, especially when you need a little pick-me-up.
— Anna Whysong, sophomore
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6. Improves Vision

Some of you may be searching for that special someone to spend Valentines with, and chocolate is a useful tool for that. Chocolate improves blood flow, causing increased blood flow to the retina, giving you a vision boost. So keep an eye out for those cuties on the swings.

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7. Makes You Smarter

Similar to the example above, chocolate improves blood flow to the brain. Your brain receives that increased boost of blood, helping you determine whether or not eating more chocolate is good or not. It is. So do it. Eat the chocolate. Your brain will thank you later.

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Photo courtesy of Georgia Gay. 

8. Improves Heart Health

A healthy heart is key to making this Valentine’s Day a success. And what better way to improve heart health than pampering yourself with smooth, rich chocolate. Just imagine the warm sensation of the chocolate melting away in your mouth and the thanks your taste buds are giving you. But your taste buds aren’t the only thing thanking you.