Your Daily Indulgence: Decadent Delights

All hail the wise, wonderful scientists who thought to study the potential health benefits of chocolate. It's been widely reported that several studies have shown flavonoids -- the same antioxidants found in fruits, veggies and whole grains -- in dark chocolate can lower blood pressure among people with hypertension. When your bag's chock-full of plastic baggies of baby's dry cereal or your tween's half-devoured bag of Skittles, and your kitchen cabinet's bogged down with after-school snacks, it's easy to forget about a delicious bite just for you. Today, take a moment to nibble a really good piece of dark chocolate.

Focus on the taste, feel like you're giving your heart a helping hand and, by all means, gloss over the calories. Godiva offers lots of amazing, start-a-secret-stash-worthy options, from a simple demitasse (a square) to smile-inducing dark chocolate hearts, flowers and leaves. But in a pinch, a humble Hershey's Special Dark bar does the trick too, and you can find one at any drugstore for less than a buck. Bon appetit.

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