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Thursday, February 22, 2018

5 Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolate by Josie Riviera

Did you know that dark chocolate is very nutritious? It contains fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc, plus other nutrients.

Here are 5 Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolate:  :)

1.  Dark chocolate is a source for antioxidants
2.  Because dark chocolate contains cocoa, it may lower your blood pressure.
3.  Dark chocolate may improve risk factors for heart disease, because cocoa lowers oxidized LDL.
4.  The bioactive compounds in dark chocolate may help to protect your skin from the sun.
5.  High-flavanol cocoa in dark chocolate may improve brain function

Of course, take the above with a grain of salt…or sugar! Avoid consuming large amounts of dark chocolate daily because of the excessive calories.

Besides the above benefits, let’s not forget that chocolate is delicious, especially in February. So go ahead. Indulge!

Do you like white or dark chocolate? Please leave your comments below.

My Valentine sweet romance, 1-800-CUPID is the first book in my new series, Flipping for You. If you love home decorating and flipping houses, you will enjoy this story.

When the heart flips, there’s no telling where the walls will fall.

Candee dreams of turning a neglected Victorian home into a haven for disadvantaged children—like the girl she used to be. Except she could lose her dream to a house-flipper looking to make a quick profit.

At first glance, Teddy is certain this house is too far gone to make a good flip prospect. But the more he looks at it—and at Candee—he begins to realize some things, like love, are worth the risk. If only he can convince her they’ll have to start by tearing down some walls…

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations.  Follow her on Bookbub.

Have you ever tried something you were afraid to try because it mattered so much to you? I did, when I started writing. Take the chance, everyone, and just do something you love.


  1. Rosie, anytime you tell me chocolate is good for me, you've won my undying thanks. :) Good luck with the new book. It looks so cute I have to have it.

    1. LOL! Caroline, chocolate is doubt about it. Thanks for the 1-800-CUPID shout-out. The book is currently part of the boxed Valentine set, Love Me Tender. Enjoy!

  2. Mmm... Yes, I've heard that dark chocolate has health benefits. It's the excuse I use when someone stares at me while I devour several pieces. Lol. Your book sounds interesting and, of all things, the heroine's name is Candee. I love it.

    1. I love dark chocolate, Laurean. And I couldn't resist naming the heroine, Candee. Look for 1-800-CUPID currently in the sweet romance Valentine box set, Love Me Tender.

  3. I'm a dark chocolate lover already so you're "preaching to the choir." *g* Cute cover and great title on your book. Good luck with it.

    1. Thanks so much, Joan. LOL, I'm definitely a fan of dark chocolate.

  4. LOL. You had me enticed from the sixth word in your headline: chocolate. I'm a dark chocolate lover, white chocolate lover, and milk chocolate lover! You can even stuff nougat and cream filling in mine. Best of luck with 1-800-CUPID.


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