dark chocolate

As if you need an excuse to eat more chocolate – well, celebrity nutritionist, chef and IsoWhey ambassador Zoe Bingley-Pullin shares five more good reasons why you should ditch the roses for chocolate this Valentine’s Day!

1. It counteracts stress
There’s a reason you reach for chocolate when you’re on deadline or dealing with a crisis. Eating quality dark chocolate can reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) while also decreasing inflammation and reducing your blood pressure – opt for chocolate that is at least 70% cacao for optimal benefit.

2. It’s good for your heart
A study published in the British Medical Journal found that eating quality chocolate cut the risk of a variety of cardiovascular diseases by a third. Similar studies have also revealed that chocolate can lower blood pressure, improve blood vessel health and also helps to regulate blood sugar while the properties of cacao can suppress the formation of blood clots.

3. It will make you feel better
Single this V-day? One of the chemicals found in chocolate, phenylethylamine  – a substance similar to amphetamine- stimulates the feeling of falling in love. So what better day to indulge?

4. Perfect post-workout
Whether you’re keeping that New Year’s resolution of hitting the gym more or if you’ve been working out extra hard in time for this romantic occasion, a chocolate shake is the perfect post workout snack. Your body is ready to utilise amino acids in order to repair muscle, and fitness trainers have long encouraged post-workout shakes. Try an IsoWhey protein shake in Ivory Coast Chocolate; it provides a satisfying chocolate hit as well as an added protein bonus.

5. It boosts your energy levels
Good dark chocolate contains magnesium for energy production and neurotransmitters like serotonin which can elevate your mood.

What are your favourite chocolate treats?