The Twelve Days of Good Health
On the first day of good health my true love gave to me...1 ounce of dark chocolate
Eating chocolate to improve heart health sounds like wishful thinking, but it's true, says Enas A. Enas, MD, a cardiologist on staff at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and author of How to Beat the Heart Disease Epidemic Among South Asians (2005). The caveat: the chocolate must be dark (not milk), and can't be combined with nuts, caramel and other goodies. "Flavonoids, naturally-occurring antioxidants in cocoa, block free radicals associated with heart disease," says Enas. "At the same time, they lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart."