What Dr. NV Perricone Thinks of Chocolate

So you got a box of chocolate from your Valentine. How sweet (literally)!

But what if you’re following the NV Perricone anti-inflammatory diet? Do you need to throw the box away (and scold your Valentine for sabotaging your diet)?

In this article, find out what Dr. NV Perricone thinks of chocolate. It may surprise you.

Although chocolate is often combined with high levels of sugar and trans fats, it actually has numerous health benefits, according to NV Perricone, MD.

Look at your Valentine’s Day box label to see if the chocolate contains 85% cocoa. Chocolates made with this amount of cocoa are less packed with sugar, so you can reap the benefits without raising your blood sugar level to unhealthy levels. Chocolate has a low glycemic index.

So why is chocolate healthy?

For one, Dr. NV Perricone stresses the importance of antioxidants to help fight signs of aging. And chocolate contains high levels of phenolics, powerful antioxidants that fight free radical cell damage, which often leads to chronic conditions such as cancer and signs of skin aging.

In fact, 1996 study reported that a 1.5 ounce milk chocolate bar contained about the same amount of total phenolic compounds as a 5-ounce serving of red wine. The antioxidants in dark chocolate and cocoa may also help the impaired circulation and unhealthy blood vessels that often precede diabetes development. They may even improve the body’s cells’ sensitivity to insulin and glucose.

Chocolate is also mood boosting. It contains phenylethylamine and fat, both of which boosts the body’s production of endorphins, a chemical in the brain that leads to feelings of contentment. And because of its sugar content, chocolate also increases the level of serotonin, another feel-good chemical that produces feelings of relaxation. (No wonder it’s hard to eat just one piece.)

Including a small amount of cocoa powder and dark chocolate may increase good cholesterol (LDL) levels, while keeping bad cholesterol (HDL) levels the same. Plus, dark chocolate contains high levels of chromium, a substance proven to help restore a more normal function in cells to better control blood sugar.

All of this sounds great, but this doesn’t mean you should eat an endless supply of chocolate, even Hershey’s doesn’t recommend that. But it does mean chocolate can be beneficial as part of your healthy, balanced NV Perricone diet.

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  1. I love the Skin Clear supplements; they completely changed the quality of my skin! One quick note on this chocolate post… isn’t LDL the “bad” cholesterol and HDL the “good” cholesterol? You might just want to correct that.

  2. I eat chocolate daily, so it’s always good when you hear how healthy it is for you.

  3. I got to hear Dr. Perricone speak on Saturday at the Health and Happiness Summit. He spoke about the benefits of chocolate. I am not a big chocolate lover, but look forward to incorporating the healthy kind into my diet. :)

  4. I have been interested in skincare all my life. I have only started using your products and can see a big change especially around my eyes.

  5. Being in the mental health field, I have always known that chocolate helps when you are feeling down. It has an effect on your brain chemicals much like antidepressant action.

  6. I use glycolic pads and Dr. Pericone’s Face Lift but am 60 and want to look my best.
    Any product that could help my skin look better, I will try.

  7. I am so glad I don;t have to feel too badly about eating all my candies at once!
    PS: I would LOVE to test products! I love Perricone!