PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Valentine’s Day is around the corner and that means lots of chocolate in various shapes and sizes will be sent from lovers and friends. And I am willing to bet that there will be dozens of stories about the health effects of chocolate, both good and bad.

I am not foolish. I know what most people will do . There is no doubt that most people will hear one message, chocolate is good for you and use it as an excuse to indulge. Overall that is not a bad idea to fill a craving but here is the real truth.

If you want to get the skinny so to speak, we know that dark chocolate has health protective effects but the amount of chocolate you should have each day is the amount in a Hershey’s kiss.

That’s right – one Hershey’s kiss.

So here’s a cheap valentine’s present that can last all year long. 365 Hershey’s kisses, dark chocolate of course with a message on the card that says eat one a day. And then after you break up — and there is a good chance that can happen — you can give the same gift to your next sweetheart!

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor

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