Happy Valentine’s Day!
Flowers, wine, and chocolate are a big part of this festive day. Here are some interesting chocolate facts that you can use to impress your loved ones.
1. 5% of annual chocolate sales occur on Valentine’s Day.
2. Chocolate comes from cocoa beans whose degree of bitterness depends on the bean variety. The bitter compounds contain a family of antioxidants called phenols, that been shown to reduce blood pressure.
3. The vast majority of chocolate sold is “milk chocolate”. Less than 30% of the products is actually a derivative of cocoa beans; the rest is sugar and milk, which may actually negate some of the antioxidant activity.
4. Experts recommend switching to dark chocolate, which must legally contain at least 35% cocoa mass. The higher the cocoa mass, the more health benefits. Have you tried an 85% cocoa mass chocolate?
5. Nutritionally, chocolate is high in sugar and saturated fats. Take a premium dark chocolate, for example. A standard reference size serving (12 small squares weighing in at 1.5 ounces) has 250 calories and 60% of your daily maximum value for saturated fat.