Happy St Valentine’s Day to you! Today is the day when loved ones all over the world will eat lots of chocolate and share champagne in celebration of their love!
So can you do this guilt-free knowing that what you are eating and drinking is actually good for your holistic health as well as fun?
Let’s start with the champagne
Real champagne is made from red and white wine grapes. Champagne is made from a mixture of two black grape varieties, pinot noir and pinot meunier, and one white grape variety, chardonnay.
Now, I am sure that you have heard before that red wine in moderation is good for you? Why would this be?
Red wine is made from red grapes. The skins and seeds of red grapes carry polyphenol antioxidants. When red wine is made, the skins and seeds are fermented in the grapes’ juices, causing red wine to have high levels of these antioxidants. These antioxidants have become famous for their ability to protect us against heart disease.
Research undertaken at Reading University in England has shown that two glasses of Champagne contains the same antioxidant polyphenols as red wine and therefore can be good for you!
What do these Polyphenols do?
These antioxidant polyphenols reduce the effects of cell-damaging free radicals within the body. They slow the release of nitric oxide from the blood. This can have stroke-reducing capabilities. The research actually found that drinking champagne daily can improve arterial function. Now I am not suggesting that you drink champagne daily. These health benefits have been shown when you drink a couple of glasses daily.
However, what this research suggests is that a couple of glasses on St Valentine’s day will not harm you and could even help you!
I am sure that most people enjoying a couple of glasses of champagne tonight will not be thinking of the health benefits but it is fun to know anyway! Champagne is a fun bubbly drink that is associated with celebration. Oh and I love that it doesn’t stain our teeth like red wine does!
What about chocolate?
Well chocolate is made from cocoa beans and the percentage of cocoa in your chocolate affects these findings. I highly recommend that you eat dark chocolate which ought to contain a minimum of 64% cocoa. Cocoa contains the same antioxidant polyphenols as red grapes.
So together, a couple of glasses of champagne and a few dark champagne truffles can actually fight cell-damaging free radicals as well as bring fun, happiness and joy to your occasion!
Will you be eating chocolate and drinking champagne with your loved one?