Excerpt: EDU — Studies show that people who eat dark chocolate have healthier cardiovascular systems, including better blood circulation, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and fewer strokes — a major health risk for people living with atrial fibrillation.
Chocolate’s Secret Power for Heart and Blood Vessels
Dark chocolate is also rich in bioactive flavonols and theobromine, which have positive effects on cells of the heart and blood vessels, according to research published in December 2013 in The Journal of Clinical Hypertension.
Dark Chocolate Can Help You Lower Cholesterol
….people ate 100 g (about 3 1/2 oz) of dark chocolate a day for 15 days, saw an average drop of 12 percent in their LDL cholesterol — the “bad cholesterol” that’s linked to a higher risk of heart disease. In a Dutch trial published in June 2013 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who ate dark chocolate had a significant increase in their HDL cholesterol, also known as “good cholesterol” because higher levels protect heart health. Researchers credited these healthy changes to theobromine, a compound found in cacao.
- 1/3 cup heavy cream per each 6.8 oz chocolate bar
- 6.8 oz bar milk or dark chocolate, broken into pieces
In a small saucepan, over low heat, warm the cream and chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts. Transfer the fondue to a serving bowl.Serve immediately with forks and foods for dipping strawberries and dipping fruit.