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Top five best organic chocolates for Valentine's Day!


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(NaturalNews) Valentine's Day is a chance to spoil the one you love – but if the one you love is health conscious, it can be a little bit more difficult to find the perfect gift.

Dark chocolate has many health benefits, but of course there are some varieties that are better than others. Some types of chocolate are made without refined sugar, and those that are darker in color generally contain more antioxidants and less sugar. With so many out there, we thought we'd help you narrow down the search and let you know the best and tastiest organic chocolates around.

Lulu's Love Truffles

These amazing truffles are Fair Trade, organic, vegan, soy and gluten-free, and are made with lower-glycemic coconut sugar, using just five ingredients. They're also absolutely delicious and made with 78 percent dark chocolate, making them healthy as well as ethically conscious and safe for those with allergies.

As if that wasn't enough, they're also heart-shaped, with a silky filling, making them perfect for Valentine's Day. Totally indulgent.

Heavenly Organics Honey Patties

These delicious little cups of organic raw honey are made with 100 percent cocoa, are non-GMO certified, and come in truly inspiring flavors like mint, ginger, pomegranate and almond. There's even a plain one if you like your chocolate and honey on their own.

This is a truly indulgent treat for your loved one, and is actually fairly low in calories, with just 50 calories per individually-wrapped patty.

Taza Chocolate Coconut Besos

These amazing little treats are non-GMO, Direct Trade Certified, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free, and made with Taza's uniquely rich stone-ground chocolate (70 percent cacao).

They're perfect for Valentine's Day as "besos" means "kisses" in Spanish, and they are studded with coconut for a little extra oomph.

Theo Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

This tasty combo is everything you love about the classic brand, with the added bonus of being gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free. Even better, they're also 71 percent cacao, Fair Trade and (there's a theme here) heart-shaped, making them perfect for Valentine's Day.

Green & Black's Organic Dark Miniature Bars Collection

Green & Blacks make fantastic chocolate, but there's often too much choice and it's hard to narrow it down. With this collection of miniature bars you can sample six different flavors, so you don't need to worry about deciding.

These bars are organic, Fair Trade and made with just a handful of simple ingredients. Oh – and they're delicious.

Health benefits of dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is made from the seed of the cocoa tree, and is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet, loaded with nutrients that affect your health in a positive way.

If you buy dark chocolate that has a high cocoa content, it contains a decent amount of soluble fiber and is full of minerals, including iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.

Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants, including polyphenols, flavanols and catechins. Studies have actually shown that it contains more antioxidant activity than some fruits, including blueberries and Acai berries which are known for being superfoods.

It is widely thought that dark chocolate may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure, sending signals to the arteries to relax, which lowers resistance to blood flow, and therefore reduces blood pressure.

Consuming dark chocolate is also proven to improve several risk factors for heart disease, significantly decreasing "bad" cholesterol and reducing insulin resistance.

With so many benefits to both dark chocolate and eating organic, these gifts are the perfect way to show the one you love just how much you care.

Sources include:

AuthorityNutrition.com

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