Healthwatch: Dark chocolate and wine

Valentine's day may be over which means chocolate and wine are likely on clearance. But what effect do these two indulgences have on your health? Registered Dietician Cindy Gates lets you know what types of wine and chocolate are healthy in moderation...

Cindy Gates says, ' Even though Valentine's day has passed February is still considered heart health month. when we think of heart healthy we think of wine and chocolate new studies can be especially confusing when it comes to certain foods and certain drinks. A piece of chocolate or a glass of wine are common treats and they should be considered part of a healthy diet some types of chocolate and wine may be more heart healthy than others but its still not a green light to indulge too much. Choose a dark chocolate candy bar that is 70% cocoa powder or higher. Hershey's dark chocolate is about 50% dark chocolate and Dove dark chocolate is 50-60% dark chocolate. Make sure the first ingredient says chocolate and not sugar. Red wine in moderation has long been thought to be a heart healthy food. Those who drink moderate amounts of red wine may have a lower risk for heart disease. Resveratrol is from the red grape skin that's what makes it healthy. So things like grape juice may also be healthy, cranberries and blueberries also contain resveratrol. You need to remember portions a glass of wine is 5 oz. for women and 10 oz. for men. If you truly want a heart healthy diet you should think outside wine and chocolate. Think of green leafy vegetables, salmon, green tea, blueberries, seeds, and nuts. I'm Cindy Gates dietician regional health Rapid City