March, otherwise known as National Nutrition Month, is the perfect time to take strides toward a healthier lifestyle by incorporating more whole foods in a plant-based diet. Everyone – ranging from vegans to meat lovers – can benefit by taking on a more plant-based diet.
Can chocolate actually improve your physical health? Chocolate has long been known for its high content of flavanols, a naturally occurring compound found in many plant foods including fruits, vegetables, wine and tea. These particular flavanols have a positive effect on the circulatory system, which transports blood through the body. They help to maintain flexibility of the arteries, a key part in heart health, and also act as antioxidants to fight off damaging free radicals.