Fear No: Valentine’s Day Chocolates Thursday 14 February, 2013

It’s Valentine’s Day, which means chocolate gift-giving will be at an all-time high. But don’t fret: Dr. Howard Murad points out chocolate’s benefits for skin, mood and even teeth.

Does anybody need convincing that there’s a guilt-free reason to eat chocolate? I don’t really need a reason, but I’ve been given numerous ones from Dr. Howard Murad, FAAD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad, Inc. And seeing as it’s Valentine’s Day, there’s a high likelihood you’ll be chowing down on a box of chocolates today (and depending on the size of the box, over the next week or so), so we might as well dispel any anxiety you have over it, right?

Here’s the deal: Chocolate can have health and beauty benefits. Dr. Murad breaks it down.

 

Why Chocolate is Good (Or, At Least, Not Awful) For Your Skin:

* Contrary to what you grew up thinking, chocolate does not cause breakouts.

* Chocolate contains flavonoids, which act as antioxidants and protect the body from aging caused by free radicals.

 

Why Chocolate is Good For Your Mood:

* Chocolate is a slight mood elevator, as it contains phenyl ethylamine.

*The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being. (I knew there was a reason I like chocolate!)

 

 Why Chocolate is Good For Your Teeth:

* Yep, you read that correctly: Cacao contains antibacterial properties that fight tooth decay.

 

Naturally, consuming chocolate like your Augustus Gloop from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory negates any positive impact chocolate can have on your body, so, moderation is key. But, considering a little nibble here and there is beneficial to teeth, skin and attitude, don’t beat yourself up over a few V-day chocolates—I know I won’t.

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(Image: Dwight Burdette/WikiMedia Commons)

 

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