Washington: The real food of love is dark chocolate and red wine, because it can help keep your true love`s heart beating strong, says a Loyola dietitian.In moderation, red wine and dark chocolate are good health choices not just on Valentine`s Day, but for any occasion, according to Susan Ofria, clinical nutrition manager at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital."You are not even choosing between the lesser of two evils, red wine and dark chocolate have positive components that are actually good for your heart," said Ofria, a registered dietitian at the Loyola University Health System`s Melrose Park campus.Red wine and dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent or higher contain resveratrol, which has been found to lower blood sugar. Red wine is also a source of catechins, which could help improve "good" HDL cholesterol.Ofria, who is also a nutrition educator, recommends the following list of heart-healthy ingredients for February, which is national heart month, and for good heart health all year.Red Wine - "Pinots, shirahs, merlots-all red wines are a good source of catechins and resveratrol to aid `good` cholesterol."
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