With Valentine’s Day way past, was that solid chocolate heart from your beloved really good for your heart? The health benefits certainly seem to outweigh the harmful. Chocolate is made from cacao beans, which contain flavonoids.
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This beneficial plant compound is also found in red wine, green tea, fruits and vegetables.
Research implies that flavonoids have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system and could reduce the risk of heart disease and even certain cancers. Further studies link chocolate consumption to improved cholesterol levels, reduced blood pressure and enhanced blood vessel function.