Who Says you can’t have Chocolate on Valentines Day?
(Just be picky about your cocoa choices)

Everyone looks forward to Valentine’s Day to share love, a special dinner, exchange gifts and flowers, and eat some tasty treats!  The most common gift on Valentine’s Day is, yes, you guessed it, chocolate! Not all chocolate is created equal, so when you start to bite into that double-cocoa truffle, remember these helpful facts:

Milk Chocolate – This is the most consumed type of chocolate in the world, and seems to be the favorite among Americans.  A 10 ounce bar of milk chocolate contains approximately 157 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 15 grams of sugar.  The redeeming factors are the higher levels of Riboflavin, Vitamin E, and Potassium.

White Chocolate – According to the FDA, white chocolate isn’t even chocolate, and must contain cocoa liquor to be considered a chocolate product.  However, it does contain cocoa butter, and actually has a higher content of Riboflavin and Vitamin E than milk chocolate.  But watch portion size, because it contains more calories than any other chocolate.

Dark Chocolate – If you eat chocolate on a regular basis, you should turn to dark chocolate.  A chocolate with a percentage of 55% or higher cocoa content, has the highest nutritional benefit with helpful antioxidants.  Ounce for ounce, dark chocolate has the lowest amount of calories, high fiber, high Potassium and lower sodium and sugar than either milk or white chocolate.

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