February 08, 2015
Why You Need More Chocolate in Your Life Part 2: Lower Cholesterol
Most people equate sweets and treats with heart problems, but it turns out that chocolate is a heart-friendly food you should be eating a lot more of! There are two types of cholesterol, and both are affected by chocolate: HDL cholesterol is the 'good' type, as it helps to control the levels of 'bad' cholesterol. Eating chocolate will boost your HDL cholesterol levels, and even the small increase caused by dark chocolate will do wonders for your overall cholesterol levels. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="593"] Source: lulas.com[/caption] LDL cholesterol is the bad stuff, the cholesterol that clings to your arteries and causes heart attacks, strokes, clots, and other heart disorders. Chocolate stops the bad cholesterol from clinging to the arterial walls, and the antioxidants in the chocolate will prevent the formation of plaque. Plaque leads to hardening, inflexible arteries that are weaker and more susceptible to breakage, which in turn leads to clots. Basically, dark chocolate can help to reduce your risk of heart disease, so it's time to add chocolate to your heart-smart diet!