Valentine's Day Advice: When a Box of Chocolates is More Than Just a Box of Chocolates

February 8, 2002


For many men nothing causes more stress and agony than finding a Valentine's gift that speaks of his love and affection, yet doesn't wipe him out financially.

This Valentine's day, any man who's vacillating between blowing $75 bucks on long stem roses and that other perennial favorite-a box of chocolates-would be smart to skip the florist and make a beeline for the candy story. Not only is chocolate incredibly delicious, but researchers have found that it has exceptional nutritional qualities. And clearly, what better way to say "I love you" than with a gift that tells your sweetie pie you really care about her health.

Top 5 Reasons Why Chocolate Makes The Best Valentine's Day Gift

  1. A major source of copper. Copper has antioxidant properties; helps in collagen formation needed for supple, healthy appearing skin; aids bone growth and strength, and the transportation of iron.*
  2. A good source of antioxidants. Chocolate contains catechins, a powerful antioxidant which may help protect the body against cardiovascular disease and possibly cancer. Chocolate, specifically dark chocolate may contain up to four times the amount of catechins found in green tea.
  3. Boosts brain chemicals. Chocolate stimulates the secretion of endorphins producing a pleasurable sensation similar to the "runner's high" a jogger feels after running several miles. It also contains serotonin, a chemical found in the brain, which can act as an anti-depressant.
  4. Helps lactose intolerance. Chocolate makes milk easier to digest if you're lactose intolerant.
  5. Contains caffeine. The caffeine in chocolate increases resistance to fatigue, while promoting intellectual activity and mental alertness.

Note: In 2001, the National Academy of Sciences issued a new Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for copper to help ensure adequate intake. However, studies show that one in four Americans' diet lack the recommended dietary allowance for copper. If you would like to speak to Dr. Carl Keen, the nation's leading authority on micronutrients (zinc, iron and copper), on why copper is so important to the body, who may be at greater risk for copper deficiency, and how Americans can easily get more copper in their diets, call Judy Welage at 212-453-2478.