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Friday, February 6, 2009

Valentine's Chocolate Here We Come!

Valentine's Day is the epitome of a commercialized holiday that could really use a "greening". The amount of trees sacrificed for the printing of Valentine's Day cards alone is staggering with more than 1 billion cards sold worldwide to celebrate the holiday.

But who doesn't love chocolate? The good news is that chocolate can be good for you. No, maybe not the kind you can pick up at the convenience store but organic, dark chocolate. In fact, because minimally-processed dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids it has even been referred to as a superfood. (Flavonoids are phytonutrients with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.) Consume healthy chocolate and you may actually reduce your risk of heart disease.

Buying organic and fair trade will also be healthier for you and for the planet. Fair trade chocolate bears a seal indicating that it is produced in accordance with the standards of respect and equality. Organic chocolate is not hard to find, is free of chemicals, and tastes oh so good!

Healthy, holistic chocolate - now that's a Valentine's Day tradition worth keeping!

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