In my pursuit of learning all things chocolate I came across a great article on dark chocolate's correlation to heart health. This leads me to ask the question: Is chocolate healthy and can I now make gourmet chocolate bars a larger part of my diet? Well, this article from msnbc aims to provide some information claiming that this is so. When it comes to cardiovascular health, traditional "[health] recommendations from experts often include exercising more and eating more whole grains, but perhaps one of the more welcome advances in medical research has been the declaration that chocolate is good for us. Now, new research may help explain why indulging in the sweet treat helps our heart health.
Researchers from Linkoping University in Sweden have found that
eating dark chocolate inhibits the action of an enzyme nicknamed ACE
(formally known as the angiotensin-converting enzyme), which is involved
the body's fluid balance and helps
regulate blood pressure."
Does this mean we now have an excuse to eat more delicious chocolate? Well, I'm not an expert, but then again I never needed an excuse.