4 Ways Christmas Chocolate Gift Baskets Can Improve Your Health

“Research tells us fourteen out of any ten individuals likes chocolate." ~ Sandra Boynton

It's a lot harder to find someone who doesn't absolutely adore chocolate than it is to find a person who does – chocolate does wonders for our happiness levels and hits that sweet tooth like a gem! Christmas Chocolate Gift Baskets are great gifts for nearly all the lucky friends and family on your gift list, as they include only the most delicious chocolates to delight the palate – and designed beautifully to dazzle the eye. Chocolate also has inherent health benefits, so you'll be bestowing wishes of health and happiness on your gift recipients as well with Christmas chocolate gift baskets, and we can't think of a better gift than that!

Understanding Flavonoids

Flavonoids may sound like they're from the future, but they're actually natural components that occur in many plant-based foods that we eat, such as chocolate. We benefit from the power of antioxidants when we eat foods rich in flavonoids. Flavanols are the main type of flavonoids found in chocolate, and in addition to their antioxidant properties, can also help to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the heart and the brain, and helps lower cholesterol.

Heart-Healthy Antioxidants

Antioxidants are crucial to our overall health, and a lack of antioxidants in our body can lead to an increase in “bad" cholesterol and the likelihood plaque will develop on the walls of our arties. The chocolate in Christmas chocolate gift baskets like our Holiday Chocolatier Gift Basket can help keep your loved one's hearts healthy for years to come!

Dark vs. Milk Chocolate

Dark chocolate tends to take the cake for health benefits due to the increased flavanols in it, but nowadays, many chocolate manufacturers are doing their part to add more flavanols to their chocolate – even their milk chocolate. We include several different types of chocolate in many of our Christmas chocolate gift baskets, so you'll be able to benefit from both dark and milk chocolate!

“Good" Fat

We don't exactly recommend eating a chocolate bar every time you're hungry, but they're not quite the junk food you may think they are. The fat found in chocolate bars comes from cocoa butter, oleic acid, stearic acid, and palmitic acids. Stearic acid has been known to be neutral when it comes to your cholesterol – neither raising nor lowering it. Moderation is key when enjoying the tantalizing morsels inside our Christmas chocolate gift basket, but the gift recipient can enjoy the tasty chocolates with a bit more peace of mind.

Chocolate has built-in health benefits, so you'll be gifting your friends and family with delicious chocolates and wonderful health benefits. Give Christmas Chocolate Gift Baskets to your loved ones this holiday season!