Need an excuse to indulge in some hot chocolate? You can thank me later! Chocolate has been consumed as a health food since we started eating. It’s high in antioxidants, flavonoids that help protect your heart, and vitamins and minerals such at magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron and selenium. According to a meta-analysis of 13 studies, consuming chocolate significantly reduced serum triglycerides when compared to a control. Other markers for heart health, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, did not show improved outcomes, but did not show worse outcomes either. So why not eat more chocolate? We typically add lots of fat and sugar to our chocolate. If you’re a chocolate lover, we recommend that you go for 70% cocoa or darker and be mindful of the fat and added sugar!