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Experts: Dark chocolate has nutrients that can protect your heart

(WWBT) -

If you do decide to give candy for Valentine's Day, you might want to take a second look a chocolate. 

It's not only a romantic gift - it also has health benefits. 

Chocolate has nutrients that can protect your heart and increase blood flow to your heart. One study says as little as a quarter of an ounce of dark chocolate a day can be beneficial to your heart. It is also a good antioxidant and helps with inflammation.

However, not all chocolate is created equal.

"Dark chocolate can be a source of vitamins and minerals, but it is also going to be a good source of added sugar," said Elyse Sartor, a clinical outpatient dietitian.

Another study says chocolate can help improve a person's mood. Moderation is key.

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