BLOG: Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. I love the cards, the jewelry and of course, the chocolate! Although, mention of my favorite treat often leads to the question, “is chocolate healthy?” As a registered dietitian, my answer depends upon the kind of chocolate and the amount being consumed.
While consideration of chocolate as a health food is debatable, evidence that it can provide some nutritional benefit is substantial. Chocolate has a surprisingly nutritious ingredient: cocoa, which contains substantial amounts of iron and magnesium. Also, this nutritional delight is studied for its cancer-fighting antioxidants as well as its ability to lower cholesterol and increase blood flow. And perhaps it is more than just love that makes us happy on Valentine’s Day, as cocoa also contains phenethylamine; a neurotransmitter that functions as an antidepressant to elevate mood and lift those winter blues.
What I don’t love about cocoa is how easily it can be incorporated with unhealthy ingredients that add fat, sugar and empty calories. So, the health of your chocolate truly depends on what else is added to it! One of my favorite, yet healthy ways to indulge in chocolate flavor is with chocolate milk. Even better, Stewart’s Chocolate Milk not only avoids the incorporation of unhealthy ingredients, but actually adds more nutrition to the cocoa! You can also find protein, calcium and vitamin D in every glass of Stewart’s Chocolate Milk.
To avoid adding unnecessary fat and calories to your cup, Stewart’s Chocolate Milk is made with low-fat milk. Unlike other brands, Stewart’s milk is guaranteed fresh and fortified with non-fat milk solids. This allows low-fat milk to provide the creamy texture you are looking for, and also supply each cup with more calcium and vitamin D!
The nutrition and flavor provided by Stewart’s Chocolate Milk is a match made in heaven! Leave the jewelry shopping to someone else and do something for yourself this Valentine’s Day. Pick up a bottle of delicious chocolate milk at your local shop; it’s a treat that your body (and tastebuds!) will love you for!
-Christine Sloat, RD, RDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, with clinical training at Albany Medical Center. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.