Skip the oysters and champagne this Valentine’s day – it’s all about dark chocolate and red wine! This classic food and wine pairing is more than just delicious, it can be beneficial to your health.
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants including polyphenols, flavanols, catechins and more. In particular, flavanols can improve blood flow, lowering blood pressure and even help protect against sun damage. Flavanols found in dark chocolate may also help improve cognitive function! But, not all dark chocolate is created equal – make sure you choose a quality dark chocolate with 72% or higher cocoa content.
Among many benefits, red wine boosts your heart health. Antioxidants in red wine including polyphenols, resveratrol and quercetin are proven to have cardioprotective properties. But red wine can help more than just your heart, it’s also been proven to help with fighting obesity, improving cholesterol, managing diabetes and more!
Here’s to enjoying dark chocolate with a glass (or two, or three) of red wine! Cheers everyone!