Chocolate's Rich Rewards
If you’re like most, you probably enjoy chocolate for the way it tastes. But you may be surprised to learn that there’s more to this sweet snack. Over the years, some studies have shown that antioxidants found in cocoa beans — known as flavonols — can help lower blood pressure, keep arteries clear and help reduce the risk of blood clots. Additionally, some studies have concluded that eating dark chocolate can lower your chances for heart disease and stroke.
But unfortunately, not all chocolate has health benefits. Here are a few quick rules to help you snack smart.