Just 30 calories per day of chocolate may be enough to help reduce your blood pressure. As far as serving sizes go, that's about a Hershey's Kiss worth.
But you have to eat the right kind of chocolate, according to Joseph Maroon, MD, author of The Longevity Factor. He recommends nonsweetened or minimally sweetened dark chocolate that's at least 70 percent cocoa.
Dark Chocolate: The Benefits
In addition to the chocolate and blood pressure connection, dark chocolate can also help reduce atherosclerosis and blood clotting, aid blood flow, contribute to an overall reduction in heart attacks, and improve cholesterol levels, according to Maroon. And it's all thanks to the powerful antioxidants found in the cocoa bean. Here's everything you ever wanted to know about this heart-smart treat.
More Good Reasons to Eat Chocolate
As if you need them . . . Maroon offers more great reasons to indulge:
Clinically known as hypertension, high blood pressure can cause a host of problems if left untreated. The most common type of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure causes our hearts to work harder by forcing blood to push ag...ainst the walls of our arteries at an elevated level. Hypertension is the leading cause of strokes and heart attack. It also increases your risk of having heart and kidney failure and hardening of the arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis. More