Chocolate may be the right prescription for a healthy heart.
By Marc Gillinov, MD and Steven Nissen, MD
Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are everywhere on Valentine's Day. The intriguing question, debated by scientists for decades: Does the candy inside help your heart?
Popular mythology holds that chocolate is good for your heart, and that dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate. If chocolate does turn out to be an effective heart medicine, this is one prescription most people will be happy to fill. In fact, the average American already consumes 14 pounds of chocolate per year.
How It Helps
When it comes to chocolate and the heart, the focus is on the dark stuff. Small, short-term studies suggest dark chocolate has some potential heart health benefits, including decreased blood pressure and blood clotting, increased blood vessel health, and improved LDL cholesterol.
Of these, chocolate's effect on blood pressure has gotten the most attention. In most studies, short-term use of darkRead More »from Does Dark Chocolate on Valentine’s Day Help Your Heart?