If there is a chocoholic on your shopping list this holiday season, yet you don't want to contribute to the over consumption of unhealthy treats, you can still give him/her a bit of guilt-free indulgence. According to recent studies, dark chocolate may lower blood-sugar, lower LDL (bad cholesterol), and raise HDL (good cholesterol.) It also contains serotonin which acts as an antidepressant. Chocolate, in moderation, can actually be good for you!
All chocolate is not created equal though. There are several chocolate manufacturing companies who's business practices are highly unethical. Fortunately, there are companies that you can feel good about buying from. My personal favorite is Lindt which, also owns Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Just click on the image above and you can get your chocoholic a gift card so he/she can choose from a variety of decadent confections!